Law: Drink And Disability

The U.S. Supreme Court is sometimes asked to play God. Last week it turned down the chance to play doctor. In a closely watched case, the Justices declined to decide whether alcoholism is a disease. But they did rule 4 to 3 that the Veterans Administration is not required to view it as one. Two recovered alcoholics sued the VA when it refused to extend the period in which they were entitled to education benefits. Usually veterans receive such benefits only within ten years of leaving the service. The plaintiffs claimed that their drinking qualified them for a special extension offered...

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