WASHINGTON — A Vietnam veteran who lost his legs, his right arm and an eye in combat must use $800 of his $3,500-a-month federal disability benefits to pay child support, the Supreme Court ruled today.
The high court, voting 8 to 1, held that Tennessee has the authority to deduct child support from Veterans Administration payments to Charlie Rose.
Writing for the court, Justice Thurgood Marshall said, "We fully appreciate the physical sacrifice (Rose) made while in the military service of his country and we acknowledge his needs as a totally disabled veteran for medical assistance and financial support."
"But we also recognize that . . . the Tennessee Circuit Court has properly taken into account (his) needs, along with the needs of his children in setting his child support obligation."