Lawsuit Marks Veterans' Latest Clash with Bush Administration

It was, I suppose, as inevitable as bluebonnets in a Texas spring: On the eve of Memorial Day, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on behalf of more than 1,000 residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in our nation's capital.

The complaint of the plaintiffs -- whose average age is 76 and whose average term of service is more than 20 years in the military -- is that Rumsfeld is responsible for ``drastic cuts'' in their medical services.

The lawsuit, Cody et al. vs. Rumsfeld, was filed this week U.S. District Court in Washington. It demanded that Rumsfeld restore all the medical benefits that have been reduced or eliminated.

Details here from the San Jose Mercury News.