Soldier's Grieving Mother in Insurance Battle With Army

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    Pvt. Devon Harris from Mesquite was killed in action Nov. 27 at the age of 24.

    The mother of a North Texas soldier killed in Afghanistan says the U.S. government is giving her grief over his life insurance.

    Pvt. Devon Harris from Mesquite was killed in action Nov. 27 at the age of 24.

    Mother Fights Government Over Life Insurance

    [DFW] Mother Fights Government Over Life Insurance
    Army Private Devon Harris made the ultimate sacrifice, dying on the front lines in Afghanistan on November 27. Now his mother is fighting the government over his life insurance, the Army is denying coverage her son arranged before shipping out. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011)

    His mother, Sorainya Harris, said the Army is denying coverage that she said her son arranged.

    "I'd rather have him," she said. "I really would rather have him. If he was still with me, it would make me happy. But I know he will never come back."

    Sorainya Harris said her a life insurance form completed two weeks before her son deployed to Afghanistan indicates that he was increasing his coverage.

    Documents that she said came from her son's Army file show that he submitted a form requesting $100,000 coverage on Dec. 29, 2009. Another form that appears to request $400,000 in coverage is dated Sept. 27, 2010.

    "My conclusion is that, when he filled out the second one, he wanted his policy to be increased," Sorainya Harris said. "He's being deployed. He filled this out two weeks before he left."

    She said Army officials were rude and disrespectful to her when she inquired about the issue.

    "Devon did everything that was asked of him -- everything," she said. "He went, and he fought, and he died in the war. He made one request, and they denied it."

    A spokesman at the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. said the Army does not comment on matters concerning a soldier's confidential personnel file.

    Sorainya Harris wrote to U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the family’s congressman in Washington.

    Hensarling spokesman George Rasley said the congressman's office is looking into the matter.