Supreme Court Denies Retroactive Benefits for Missed Deadlines

This week, the Supreme Court rejected retroactive benefits for service members that have missed application deadlines. The case was brought to lawmakers by a disabled veteran that claimed that all service members should be eligible for retroactive benefits if they are able to provide legitimate reasons for late applications.

According to an article published by Military Times, “The case — Arellano v. McDonough — had been closely watched by veterans groups because of its potential to award tens of thousands of dollars to some veterans who failed to submit paperwork for military injuries within a year of separation from the service… But the Supreme Court on Monday unanimously rejected that assertion. Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the court’s decision wrote that federal rules are clear on the one-year time frame.”