On Tuesday, September 16, the House of Representatives passed legislation
that will increase Veterans disability compensation with a cost of living
increase matching the rate of Social Security benefits increase. The increase
will begin on December 1 of this year.
Veterans benefits are not automatically increased for inflation as are
other federal benefits. Congress must introduce legislation, and the bill
must be passed by both houses for the increase to take effect. Both houses
passed the legislation by voice vote last week. This increase will cover
veterans disability compensation, clothing allowance for some disabled
veterans, and compensation for some surviving spouses and children.