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Lawsuit: VA contracting changes can cut jobs for the blind

INDIANAPOLIS – An advocacy group is suing the Department of Veterans Affairs, alleging the agency ignored long right when it changed contracting rules to be used for decades to give orders to the blind.

The National Industries for the Blind filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U. S. District Court in Washington.

Supporters say that the jobs of 800 blind people are threatened, under the change. A spokesman for the VA could not immediately comment.

The lawsuit comes after a U.S. Supreme court ruling last year found the VA is required to give priority status of veteran-owned businesses under a 2006 law.

The lawsuit claims the VA interpreted narrowly to the ruling. They say 1938 law that are intended for the use of the blind should also give them priority status.

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