Court to Reconsider Veteran Ruling

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Court to Reconsider Veteran Ruling

.c The Associated Press

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A federal appeals court will reconsider an earlier
ruling that the government broke its promise to provide lifetime health care
to 20-year military veterans.

The case was brought on behalf of two retired Air Force officers who hope to
expand it to a class-action lawsuit on behalf of as many as 1.5 million
retirees, many of whom enlisted during World War II and the Korean War.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington granted a government
request to withdraw a February opinion by a three-judge panel so the case
be considered by the full 12-member court.

``The government is in their death throes,'' said retired Air Force Col.
George ``Bud'' Day, the lawyer for Class Act Group, which is financing the
veterans' case. ``Nothing is going to help them.''

Government lawyers contend the promise is unenforceable because Congress
never authorized it.

AP-NY-06-14-01 1447EDT

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