Thursday, June 04, 2015

Isakson, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Increase Veterans' Benefits


Senator Johnny Isakson (above) is the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and his office notes.

Contact: Amanda Maddox (Isakson) 202-224-7777
Josh Zembik (Blumenthal), 202-224-6452

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Isakson, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Increase Veterans’ Benefits
Bill would boost veterans’ disability compensation to adjust for rising costs of living
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced bipartisan legislation to increase veterans’ disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2015 (S.1493) would increase the rates of VA disability compensation, dependency compensation for surviving children and spouses, and the clothing allowance for veterans based on rising costs of living.
“In a world of rising living costs, our veterans should be compensated accordingly,” said Isakson. “Our men and women in uniform have sacrificed greatly, and we must ensure that veterans with service-related injuries and their families receive the necessary benefits they have fought for and so rightly deserve.”
“Our nation's disabled heroes deserve better-- compensation that keeps pace with rising costs. Escalating living expenses are painfully squeezing veterans who rely on disability payments-- requiring fair raises,” said Blumenthal. “Our nation must keep faith with men and women whose service injuries merit compensation, providing what we promise for decent living and dignity.”
This cost-of-living adjustment, which is 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 December 1, 2015.
Original co-sponsors of the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2015 include the other members of the Committee: Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., John Boozman, R-Ark., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, Patty Murray, D-Wash., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Jon Tester, D-Mont., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Joe Manchin, D-W.V.
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is chaired by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the 114th 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 VA Committee 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 military as well as more than 750,000 veterans.