The Supreme Court is wrestling with whether to enforce an appeals deadline on benefits for military veterans who may be physically or mentally challenged.
The high court on Monday heard an appeal from the wife of David Henderson.
Henderson was discharged in 1952 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He asked the Veterans Affair Department for home care in 2001 and was denied. He missed a 120-day deadline for appeal by 15 days, blaming it on his illness.
A veterans court and federal appeals court refused to let him appeal.
His lawyer says not allowing the appeals treats veterans worse than any other litigants in the court system. But the government says Congress did not put any exceptions on the time limit.
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