Partially disabled veterans whose benefits are suspended when they are recalled to active duty are not automatically entitled to benefits once their tours of duty end, a divided federal appeals court held. In a 2-1 decision Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a Veterans Affairs regulation under which the veteran must apply for “recommencement” of benefits, with the cutoff date for any past-due benefits set at one year before the application date.

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