House passes bill to increase veterans disability benefits

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Veterans Bill Passed by House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill July 28 that links future increases in veterans disability benefits to inflation, similar to the system for Social Security benefits.

With the present system, Congress must approve changes to veterans benefits each year.

Introduced in February, the bill, titled the Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act, passed the House 409-0.

“Many disabled veterans and their families depend on VA benefits to pay for their housing, their food, and other necessities. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that VA benefits keep pace with the rate of inflation so that our nation’s heroes are able to make ends meet,” Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, told the Hill.

The bill is now pending in the Senate. If passed, it will go into effect December 1.

“A broad, bipartisan coalition supported my bill as Congress recognized the need to support our veterans,” Rep. Ralph Abraham (D-LA), the bill’s primary sponsor, said in a news release. “Our American heroes took care of us, and now we need to take care of them.”