Supreme Court Accepts Veteran’s Case

Dept. of Veterans Affairs had denied disability benefits from time of discharge.

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted a case last week submitted by U.S. veteran Adolfo Arellano against the Department of Veterans Affairs. Arellano served in the military from 1977 to 1981 and finally submitted paperwork to receive disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder in 2011. However, the department only allowed him benefits starting from the date his filing was received. Arellano believes he should receive a backlog of benefits starting from the date he was discharged in 1981.

“It’s an unfortunate reality that many members of the armed forces face a difficult path once discharged from the service,” Arellano’s attorneys wrote in their petition to the court. “Indeed, the sad irony is that the very illnesses the veterans’ benefits system is designed to address, such as PTSD, are often the ones that cause veterans to miss the one-year deadline.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Supreme Court justices as they decided which cases and appeals they will hear.
  • For wisdom for the justices as they consider Mr. Arellano’s case.
  • For Secretary McDonough as he heads the Veterans Affairs Department.
  • For the multitude of veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Sources:, SCOTUSBlog


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