Legislative Update and AMVETS Survey

Legislative Update:
  • Effective December 1, 2017 there will be a 2% increase in the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) rates for veterans with service-connected disabilities, and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans. This is the most substantial increase in years.
  • Last week Rep. Maxine Waters and four other original co-sponsors introduced H.R. 4369, Protecting Benefits for Disabled Veterans Act of 2017, which seeks to permanently protect VA’s Individual Unemployability benefit, no matter the age of the veteran.
  • There has been a lot of activity on Capitol Hill related to veterans health care and funding for the Choice program, which is set to run out of money by the end of the year even after receiving an emergency $2.1B infusion late August. AMVETS and other large Veterans Service Organizations are working hard to prevent the dismantling of the VA health care system and we are up against very well-funded opposition. Please read this Wall Street Journal article, with includes a quote from AMVETS’ Executive Director Joe Chenelly, for more insight.
AMVETS Survey:
We want your opinion on the Military Transition process!  We’re running a survey and would love your input. The survey is valid for one week – through Tuesday, November 21.
Thank you, as always for your support of all veterans.

 

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