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http://vetlawyers.com/vetblog/index.php/2012/11/cost-of-living-increase-passes-congress/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BergmannMoore+%28Bergmann+%26+Moore%29

"Cost of Living Increase passes Congress

On November 14, 2012, in COLA, Department of Veterans Affairs, by CharlesSheehanMiles

Congress Passes 1.7% COLA for Veterans

Veterans benefits is an important issue followed closely by Bergmann & Moore. We are pleased to share welcome news for our Veterans and families concerned about the annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for disability benefits paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Acting immediately upon returning to Washington after the election, today the United States Senate passed the annual benefits increase of 1.7 percent for 2013. The Senate sent the legislation to the White House, where President Barack Obama is expected to sign it soon. On September 27, 2011, Bergmann & Moore alerted Veterans and reporters about how one or more Senators were blocking what, until two months ago, was a bi-partisan, no-nonsense bill. The secret hold was lifted today, and Senators quickly passed the bill.

The bill appears to have passed in time for VA to add the increases to benefits effective for 2013. If the COLA bill was delayed, then Veterans and dependents may have had to wait until February 2013 or later to see the increase."

For Veterans and dependents receiving VA disability benefits, this means and increase of $47 per month for a single Veteran rated at 100%, or an annual increase of $564. Expect VA to publish the exact amounts at VA’s web site in the next few months.

Let us all hope the a few bad actors in the Senate don’t ever disrupt or threaten to disrupt Veterans’ hard-earned disability benefits again.

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now regardless which senator was playing the "hold game" it is now a moot issue and our checks will be correct for next year, I know it's not a lot but it is better than nothing one or 2 meals or a tank or 2 of gas remember the fed employees are held to )% raises or a .5 % in 2013 they are hoping to get it retroactive to Jan 1, the mation is being told we are takers and don't need raises we all have prepaid for our compensation and injury checks they are not "giving us anything" we have earned it.

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Hello Boomer and Test Vet.

Thanks for the Headsup article Boomer ......kinda lets us a hint .

TestVet ,,,,yea its a moot point , but I just wanted to know .....they really don't care about any veteran. NEVER GIVE UP . God Bless, C.C.

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All of us who get SSA, VA or federal pensions are vulnerable to hidden cuts to our benefits if gangsters in Congress regigger the formula for the COLA. I do write my senator and congressman telling them that the quickest way to loose my vote forever is to cut SSA or VA in order to make a deal to cut debt.

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John..

You better hope they "cut" the debt, because, if they dont it will certainly "cut" your benefits, through inflation. We have seen it with other countries before, and we are already starting to see that right now. Our checks will be going up a mere 1.7%, and who beleives inflation is at 1.7%? My cable bill went up 14% this year. Ditto for my phone bill, food, and gas. The government "doesnt count" gas and food when it figures inflation...but that is precisely what we have to buy. When prices go up, with little or no increase to seniors and Vets, this means the purchase power goes down. You see that with the elderly. Some of them get social security of 800 per month or less. They are trying to live on that. When they retired, 20 years earlier, their social security of 800 per month seemed like a lot. But now, they cant pay their heat bill, and that is because social security payments have not kept up with inflation. You wind up "loosing ground" each year, which is precisely what happened in the past 4 years. Two years we got "zero" percent Cola's, and this last year it was only 1.7%. Worse, we saw our home values go down, while we have to pay more for things like food, and gas. Someone pointed out that 4 years ago gas was under $2 a gallon, so it has about doubled in 4 years. If it keeps this up, we will have to get a shopping cart and collect cans to pay our heat bill.

When the government debt gets too high, the gov starts printing money. Then, hyper inflation sets in. O, yea, sure you would still get $2924 per month from the Va and your social security, but what is that going to buy you if gas and food is hyperinflated, to $50 a gallon or more?

In some countries, workers went home at lunch time to buy their goods. Why? Because if they waited until they got off work, the prices would have sometimes doubled, because inflation was so bad due to the government printing too much money.

Our country wont do well with massive amounts of credit card debt, no better than you would.

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Ever had a deep fried Twinkee? It is like the end of the Roman Empire. If my relatives survived the "Dust Bowl" and the Great Depression I think I can survive the Fiscal Cliff and a Twinkee freeze. Why worry?

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Twinkies have a long shelf life 20 years and Bimbo a mexican bakery is going to try and buy and continue to make them.

Hint for the Senator who put COLA on hold.

Sad that anyone who claims to support Military and Veterans would do this

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I just checked my most current AB8 letter at ebenefits

and it shows a $52.00 increase for cola, will be on my next

VA direct deposit.

This is the cola increase amount for 100 % SC with SMC / S

and no dependents.

Gross Benefit Amount $3,152.00 Net Amount Paid $3,152.00 Effective Date December 1, 2012 Combined Evaluation 100 percent

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I just checked my most current AB8 letter at ebenefits

and it shows a $52.00 increase for cola, will be on my next

VA direct deposit.

This is the cola increase amount for 100 % SC with SMC / S

and no dependents.

Gross Benefit Amount $3,152.00 Net Amount Paid $3,152.00 Effective Date December 1, 2012 Combined Evaluation 100 percent

Carlie -

I see no COLA in my December pay nor in my AB8. Have to love the ATL VARO...

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Carlie -

I see no COLA in my December pay nor in my AB8. Have to love the ATL VARO...

Carlie -

I see no COLA in my December pay nor in my AB8. Have to love the ATL VARO...

just,

What else can I say ?

Your 'just' out of luck, all the way around.

No clothing allowance - No COLA.

You will 'just' have to keep wandering around

in your Birthday suit

drinking Pepsi

until someone finally - 'just' gets it right !

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Well I did look at the ebenefits , and just like JUSTRLUK, that is, IT IS coming out of Atlanta. But I see my 50% rate is jumping $13.00 to $810.00 per month, paid Dec. but it did not show up at the bank as $810.00 ,,, so maybe 1 Jan. it will be there.

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just,

What else can I say ?

Your 'just' out of luck, all the way around.

No clothing allowance - No COLA.

You will 'just' have to keep wandering around

in your Birthday suit

drinking Pepsi

until someone finally - 'just' gets it right !

Thanks, Carlie! I needed the chuckle. Happy Holidays!

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