Airborne wife gets appeal for husband's pension

The wife of a former soldier from the notorious Canadian Airborne Regiment is "on Cloud 9" after winning another chance to get a veteran's pension for her disabled husband.

Clayton Matchee -- one of the soldiers implicated in the torture death of a Somali teen -- tried to kill himself after his military career ended in disgrace.

His wife blames the sad and sordid saga on the anti-malarial drug Matchee and other soldiers were given during the peacekeeping mission to Somalia several years ago.

Matchee's suicide try left him permanently disabled. But the government maintains he doesn't qualify for a pension.

Now, a federal court judge has ordered a new hearing into the case.

Soldiers with self-inflicted injuries aren't supposed to get disability pensions. But the judge says pension officials misread the law in Matchee's case.

Matchee intended to kill himself -- not injure or wound himself -- so the government was wrong to deny him a pension, the judge said.

Marj Matchee is overjoyed by the decision. "I'm on Cloud 9 at the fact that, finally, someone sees something my way," she told CBC News.

This week's ruling barely touched on the issue of mefloquine, the anti-malarial Matchee claims was a catalyst to the beating and subsequent suicide attempt.

She wants to present more evidence on mefloquine at the next pension hearing, even though it may no longer be necessary to win her case, because she wants the full story to come out, she said.