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house Bill H.R. 1329

Raising the Cost-of-Living Compensation Rates for Veterans and Their Survivors

Argument in favor

While it doesn’t establish automatic cost-of-living increases, this bill does provide a boost the benefits received by veterans and their families for another year.

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05/21/2017
What's the point of any type of benefit if it doesn't keep pace with changes in the cost of living?
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Kmason's Opinion
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05/21/2017
Remove the round down procedure in VA and Social Security. $10 a month may seem insignificant to you but it could make a difference in the lives of the people who are recipients of VA and or Social Security benefits.
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Jessie's Opinion
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05/21/2017
Yes. Why is this not already a thing? Make it a thing.
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Argument opposed

Rather than having to approve this cost-of-living adjustment each year, the benefits provided to veterans and their survivors should just be indexed to inflation or increases in Social Security benefits so the increases are automatic.

Katherine 's Opinion
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05/21/2017
This bill provides the needed adjustments to veteran benefits, but the round-down policy needs to be changed. $10 fewer per month in benefits makes a difference, especially to economically disadvantaged and disabled veterans. If that provision was changed, I would vote yea.
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Erin's Opinion
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05/21/2017
I would vote no, but only because of the round-down provision. I think veterans should be taken care of during and after their service.
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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05/21/2017
End the Fed, get on a gold standard, and there won't be this intentional inflation that we have to keep adjusting for. The Fed's mandate is literally to make things more expensive. End them.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedNovember 2nd, 2017
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed October 25th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed May 23rd, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 1329?

This bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the rates of compensation for several areas of veterans’ living expenses. As of December 1, 2017 -- the rates of veterans’ disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children would be increased. Each of these increases would be based on the percentage used to raise Social Security benefits.

Impact

Veterans and their survivors, the VA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1329

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced this bill (along with another) to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans:
"I am proud to introduce these bills to provide important cost-of-living adjustments to our nation's veterans and their dependents. These measures have received bipartisan support in the past, and I look forward to leading my colleagues to ensure the men and women who have served receive the benefits they have earned."
This legislation passed the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and has the support of 12 cosponsors in the House, including nine Democrats and three Republicans.

Of Note: While the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) would prefer to see automatic cost-of-living adjustments for the benefits provided to veterans and their survivors, the VFW is supportive of this year’s increase.


Disabled American Veterans (DAV) also expressed support for the cost-of-living increase -- but qualified that support by pointing out that this legislation contains a round-down provision which they oppose. The round-down provision results in benefits being reduced to the nearest whole dollar. Over time, this has reduced monthly benefits by about $10 per month.

The 2015 cost-of-living adjustment was about 1.7 percent based off of the increase in Social Security benefits.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: The U.S. Army)

AKA

Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017

Official Title

To increase, effective as of December 1, 2017, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

    What's the point of any type of benefit if it doesn't keep pace with changes in the cost of living?
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    This bill provides the needed adjustments to veteran benefits, but the round-down policy needs to be changed. $10 fewer per month in benefits makes a difference, especially to economically disadvantaged and disabled veterans. If that provision was changed, I would vote yea.
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    Remove the round down procedure in VA and Social Security. $10 a month may seem insignificant to you but it could make a difference in the lives of the people who are recipients of VA and or Social Security benefits.
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    Yes. Why is this not already a thing? Make it a thing.
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    Veterans and their families should receive automatic increases and there should be no round down provision.
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    I would vote no, but only because of the round-down provision. I think veterans should be taken care of during and after their service.
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    Absolutely! I am astounded that this is not already policy!!
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    Anything our vets need to benefit their well being, they will get. Period.
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    End the Fed, get on a gold standard, and there won't be this intentional inflation that we have to keep adjusting for. The Fed's mandate is literally to make things more expensive. End them.
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    This is a short term benefit. It's okay but would be better if indexed to inflation.
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    Companion bill in the Senate: https://www.countable.us/bills/s784-115 S.784 - Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017 Official Title as Introduced: A bill to provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2017, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA] Cosponsors: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]* Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]* Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]* Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]* Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA]* Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD]* Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC]* Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]* Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]* Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]* Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]* Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]* Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]* Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV]* Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] Text of bill: https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s784/BILLS-115s784is.pdf A point worth considering was made by Countable member "TuckerWantsLiberty": End the Fed, get on a gold standard, and there won't be this intentional inflation that we have to keep adjusting for. The Fed's mandate is literally to make things more expensive. End them.
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    I really want to vote 'yea' on this bill. The round down provision needs to be changed. $10.00 a month can be a big deal to a lot of veterans. My husband is a disabled vet and we depend on his benefits to help pay rent, bills, and car insurance. Please remove the round down provision. It's only fair to veterans.
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    Veterans have sacrificed enough for America please provide them more compensation for their service.
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    Please consider this bill favorably. As a disabled veteran, receiving disability and social security, I'm grateful for what I have, but a slight raise now and then to meet the rising expenses of daily life is most appreciated.
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    Escalating living expenses are painfully squeezing veterans who rely on disability payments and this bill would ensure their compensation keeps pace with rising costs. Veterans deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing a COLA will come annually rather than hoping Congress can break its gridlock to provide for them.
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    Yes of course. Since they give SS to every Tom, dick, harry and raided to cover pet projects. I was forced to pay in then they give it to those that have not paid a penny into it. Vets put their life on the line and they deserve the cost of living increase.
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    As disabled veterans we have to live with their disabilities for the rest of our lives therefore we should be compensated for it
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    I want to vote yea but the round down provision makes it a no. As a disabled Veteran I know this would impact my small family in a negative way.
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    This bill has the support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Let's put America first and take care of our veterans.
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    Gee I only wish! I had my wrist smashed in the Army on 83 where I had pins in my arm to heal! That ended my career and I have had problems ever since! I do get compensation because t if I told everyone how little it is you'd say WTF? Arthritis in both feet from living in black leather combat boots for over seven years but I can't prove it because it's not in my service medical records! Our parents raised us to be tough and not complainers so in the service I went on sick call rarely! Old injuries might not bother you until you get into your fifties! I know what was all injured but that healed as I was young but now a lot of my pain is service related! I know! I am very lucky as I am from Milwaukee and we have the absolute best VA hospital in the country! That place is packed during the week! They bring vets down by the bus load from Upper Michigan and all over Wisconsin, Northern Illinois! Iowa! The Great Lakes Regional office building is here and handles claims for thirty eight states! Every time I have an appointment at the VA I see all of our wounded and hurting from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf wars! A lot of young men and women that rely on that healthcare! A lot of men in wheel chairs and missing limbs! Now then to those of you who do nothing but whine and complain and cry about everything! Meet me in Milwaukee and I'll take you there for a day! You can meet and talk to Real Americans that served!
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