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Veterans May Get Guaranteed Cost of Living Adjustments for Disability Benefits

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As consumer prices continue to rise, the U.S. government creates a yearly Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) that applies to recipients of government benefits. Currently, those who receive Social Security benefits and retired military pay automatically receive the COLA increase, but it takes approval by Congress through a separate bill to apply the COLA to recipients of veterans’ disability benefits.

To help protect the rights of disabled veterans to the same COLA as other benefit recipients, a new bill has been introduced to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (HVAC) that would give veterans’ disability benefits the same guaranteed COLA as the other benefit programs. The American Heroes COLA Act (HR 4142) has already passed the HVACs disability assistance panel by voice vote and now awaits approval from the full committee.

In the meantime, disabled veterans can be given the 2013 COLA if applied for, as the annual bill necessary for approval of the increase is also awaiting a decision by the HVAC. There’s no official determination of how much of an increase will be seen with the 2013 COLA, but the Social Security Administration is estimating about 1.7%.

Veterans who suffer disabling injuries or conditions due to their service in the armed forces have a right to compensation for their losses. By applying for veterans’ disability benefits with the help of a representative, you can secure your right to continued yearly compensation that reflects your needs when your disability makes it difficult for you to work and enjoy your post-service life.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.

Category: Veterans' Disability

1 Comments to "Veterans May Get Guaranteed Cost of Living Adjustments for Disability Benefits"

How do these lying politicians sleep at night when they say and think a 1.9% increase in my benefit for disability is a great reward to me. They live like kings by every dirty illegal way they can come up with while we veterans have to live with the little crumbs they give us. How dare any one think the government is giving us a great gift by a 1.9%increase. In my case I will get about fifty dollars more a month. Just enough to fill my car with gas. Fifty dollars will not even fill up one bag with groceries. Oh how they care for us vets. They live like kings and we get enough money to fill our cars up with gas once more a month They protect the bankers who robbed us blind and in doing so they are rewarded one way or another in adding millions more to there bank accounts.Lying self serving scum bags laugh all the way to the bank at our expense. My brother gave his life and I am disabled for life just to become a veteran and receive a 1.9% increase in benefits. Hell is full of former politicians and they are waiting for this present bunch to join them. Which I am sure they will. I don't think they will be laughing then. Thanks for the big 1.9% raise. ( if we get it at all ) I am sure in any case you all will sleep good tonight. By the way how much more money do you all receive each year with your COLA adjustments???? Lets not forget the money under the door for all your hard work you do for us veterans. We may have to live like peasants but at least we served and still have our pride. Something you lost when you sold your souls to the devil.
Posted by al on January 30, 2013 at 03:41 AM

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