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    US Supreme Court Rejects Veteran’s Challenge to Disability Claims Filing Deadline

    US Supreme Court Rejects Veteran’s Challenge to Disability Claims Filing Deadline

    The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected a veteran's argument that his disability compensation should have been made retroactive to his date of discharge because his condition rendered him incapable of filing a claim within the required one-year window after leaving service.

    In a 9-0 opinion announced Monday, the justices rejected the arguments of Navy veteran Adolfo Arellano, saying that his case and others like it don't meet requirements for an exception from the rule that allows veterans to have their compensation backdated to the date they left service if they file within a year of separation.

    The case, Arellano v. McDonough, was tracked closely by veterans and veterans service organizations for its potential to open the door for former service members to petition for backdated compensation under exceptional circumstances.

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    In an opinion written by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the justices noted that in writing the law that included the one-year requirement, Congress made some exceptions, for cases of death and awards to spouses or veterans' children, or if evidence of disability emerges.

    “Despite its attention to fairness, Congress did not throw the door wide open in these circumstances or any other,” Barrett wrote. “In all but one instance, Congress capped retroactive benefits at roughly one…

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