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VA OFFICIALS TO PROBE CONGRESSMAN'S CASE

Rep. Wes Cooley says he has asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate allegations that his wife may have fraudulently collected veterans benefits.

The Oregon Republican said Thursday that he and his wife have done nothing wrong and want a quick resolution to the ordeal. The agency refused to say whether it was investigating."My wife and I vehemently deny that any funds were fraudulently obtained from the government and trust that the department's inquiry will vindicate us completely," Cooley said.

At issue is whether Rosemary Herron Cooley improperly collected military benefits after the death of her first husband, Perry Herron, a captain in the Marine Corps. Herron died in a plane crash in 1965.

Federal law prohibits veterans' survivors from continuing to draw benefits after they remarry or if they live with someone as husband and wife.