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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Isakson Introduces Bill to Increase Benefits for Veterans

Joined by every Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee member in introducing bipartisan bill to boost veterans’ disability compensation, accommodate for cost-of-living adjustment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today introduced the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation to increase veterans’ disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

“Our men and women in uniform have sacrificed greatly, and it is our duty to provide veterans and their families with the benefits they so rightly deserve,” said Isakson. “As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I’m proud to introduce this bill to increase certain veterans’ benefits in keeping with rising costs of living.”

The bill would increase the rates of VA disability compensation, dependency compensation for surviving children and spouses, as well as the clothing allowance for veterans based on rising costs of living.

This cost-of-living adjustment, which would be equal to the amount of the adjustment given to Social Security recipients, is determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index on a yearly basis. The cost-of-living adjustment for veterans would go into effect on Dec. 1, 2018.

Isakson introduced the legislation with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the ranking Democrat on the Senate VA Committee, and it was co-sponsored by every member of the committee.

In addition to Isakson and Tester, the original co-sponsors of the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018 are U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.,  John Boozman, R-Ark., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

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The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is chaired by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the 115th Congress. Isakson is a veteran himself – having served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972 – and has been a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs since he joined the Senate in 2005. Isakson’s home state of Georgia is home to more than a dozen military installations representing each branch of the armed services as well as more than 750,000 veterans.