Senate Passes COLA Bill
Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2012 – The Senate finally passed the COLA bill, HR 4114, for disabled veterans.
The bill, designed to provide disabled veterans and their survivors, with a cost-of-living adjustment, passed through the Senate this November. The bill will allow for a 1.7 percent increase in checks for disabled vets and their survivors starting in January, 2013.
“Veterans advocates across the country are relieved the bill passed,” stated James Fausone, veterans’ disability lawyer. “Veterans are entitled to a cost-of-living increase, at the very least, especially in a difficult economy.”
The increase means $500 in additional benefits for vets and their families as of 2013. There are now almost 4 million vets and their survivors who will be receiving compensation benefits next year, which includes veterans’ disability compensation, while surviving spouses and children will get dependency and indemnity compensation. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, stated that veterans have earned a benefits boost and that caring for our vets should not fall victim to partisan issues.
The bill was cleared by Democrats, but was then held up by an unidentified Republican. The Senate subsequently recessed without passing the bill. The hold up triggered a warning from Veterans Affairs that the COLA bill had to pass by November 13 if it was to cover the December cost-of-living adjustment for January 1, 2013. After the November 13 deadline, the VA system would not have time to adjust the system to get payouts by the beginning of the new year. Meeting the deadline means that the payouts are currently on schedule.
According to the Disabled American Veterans National Commander, Larry A. Polzin, the compensation received by disabled veterans and their families from the Department of Veterans Affairs makes up a significant portion of household income.
James G. Fausone is a Veterans disability attorney and Veterans attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. To learn more or to contact a Veterans disability attorney or Veterans attorney call 1.800.693.4800 or visit http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com.
Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800
- Post-9/11 Veterans Find Resources, Understanding Through Michigan Peer Support Program
Across the country, researchers and policymakers are trying to find new and better ways to support veterans returning home. In Michigan, one such program is making headlines: the Buddy to Buddy program, a peer support system designed to connect post-9/11 veterans to a host of resources. The Buddy to Buddy program was developed by the [...]
- Air Force Sets Goal to Open 7 Combat Jobs to Women by Spring 2016
Earlier this month, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee announced plans to open seven currently male-only, direct combat jobs to women by spring of 2016. While I commend the Air Force for this initiative, I first want to point out that women in our armed-forces have been in combat situations from the beginning. Whether as nurses [...]
- Reports of Sexual Assault in the Military Spike Again
Over the past two years, there has been about a 60% spike in sexual assaults reported in the military, according to numbers coming from the Pentagon that have been reported to the Associated Press (AP). Officials report that there were almost 6,000 victims of reported assaults in 2014, compared with just over 5,500 last year. [...]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: attorney for veterans, lawyer for veterans, veteran attorney, veteran attorneys, veteran benefits attorney, veteran disability lawyer, veterans attorney, Veterans disability attorney