WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court on Monday dodged a case that sought billions of dollars for the free lifetime health care promised to some World War
II and Korean War veterans.
Young recruits were told the benefits would be covered if they stayed in the service 20 years.
Those promises, made by military recruiters, were not backed up by law, a lower court ruled late last year.
The high court refused to consider overturning that decision, which would have helped up to 1.5 million people, but could have cost the government as
much as $15 billion.
''It is not enough to hold parades or tie yellow ribbons,'' the court was told by the Military Officers Association of America, one of the groups
supporting veterans in the case. ''We must honor their commitment and sacrifice by assuring that the government honors its commitments to them.''