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McCain, Deeply Concerned by Supreme Court Action on Veterans Health Care

Location: Washington, DC


Washington, DC - U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court of the United States' refusal to review the decision concerning military veterans health care claims in the case of Schism v. U.S.:

"I am deeply concerned by the United States Supreme Court's refusal to review the decision concerning retired World War II and Korean War veterans' health care claims. For many years, the federal government promised young recruits free lifetime health care benefits when they retired after twenty years of service. This applied specifically to those who joined the military prior to June 7, 1956. In November 2002, a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision allowed the government to break this promise. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has missed an important opportunity to remedy this flawed decision.

"The Supreme Court's decision not to review this matter will have lasting effects on the ability of our military to recruit the best and brightest of America's youth. In order to maintain the current levels of recruitment and retention, we need to do a better job considering the needs of our servicemembers when they leave the military.

"It is clear we need to do more for our veterans. We can begin by fulfilling the promises we have already made. I will continue to fight for our veterans and work to ensure the federal government is accountable for the promises it makes to its citizens."

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