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Don't Do Disabled Veterans Any Such Favors

Don't Do Disabled Veterans Any Such Favors

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Placido Salazarpsalazar9@satx.rr.comDon't Do Disabled VeteransAny Such Favors
Extracted from below:
“The C.O.L.A. increase for veterans
would match the annual increase provided to Social Security recipients. It 
 
is designed to offset inflation and other factors that lead to the
rising cost of living over time.” 
 
…..BIG DEAL…..
 
‘pay raises’ for 
Veterans, ALREADY are tied to increases (or lack of increases) inSocial Security. For several years, Social Security (and disabled Veterans) COLA has not been increased, or whenever there is anincrease, it amounts to less than 2%.
Please don’t do us any morefavors…… that averages
-out to less than 1% increase per year.How much has the cost of living increased in the past five years,alone? 
Why not tie Veterans’ COLA increases to CONGRESSMEN’S
automatic annual pay increases, instead of keeping it tied to SocialSecurity? Could you please tell us what the percentage of Congressional pay increases during the past five years is? Couldalso, you please tell us how your risk of live or limb in WashingtonDC, compares to risk of life and limb, and the daily sacrifices of ourmen and women in combat? How then, do you justify yourautomatic hefty pay increases for yourselves, while throwingcrumbs at our military personnel and disabled veterans? Your (lackof)
‘Patriotism’ 
, is nauseating.Whenever Social Security recipients receive a meager increase, thecost of Medicare Part B premiums (and everything else) increasesby more than that; thus, wiping out any Social Security increase.
Supposedly, we did “get a ‘break’ –
instead of raising the cost of Part B to $106, it was
only 
raised to $99. WOW!!!, we saved $7
 
whole dollars.
I hope that doesn’t catapult us into a higher income
bracket!!!
Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran
 
Veterans’ Legislation Liaison
 Dr. Hector P. Garcia American GI Forum Org. Inc.
Bill introduced to increase veteransC.O.L.A.
May 11, 2013
Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WASHINGTON - A bill to provide disabled veterans and their families anincrease in their veterans' compensation payments has been introduced inthe U.S. Senate.The Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act directs thesecretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the rate of veterans' payments tokeep pace with the rise in expenses for Veterans' Disability Compensationand Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for surviving spouses andchildren and certain related benefits, said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.,who was among the senators introducing the legislation.The C.O.L.A. increase for veterans would match the annual increaseprovided to Social Security recipients. It is designed to offset inflation andother factors that lead to the rising cost of living over time.C.O.L.A. is based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index.The legislation with bipartisan support will increase the cost-of-livingadjustment starting Dec. 1, Rockefeller, the longest serving member of theSenate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, said."Many disabled veterans and their families are on fixed incomes, whichmakes it particularly important that their benefits reflect the rising cost of living so they can cover essential medications and other everydayexpenses," Rockefeller said.The C.O.L.A. was last increased in December 2012.In the House of Representatives, Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., introducedthe bipartisan Coal Mine Safety and Black Lung Research Grants Bill to fundresearch grants into for coal mine safety and lung treatment andprevention."This legislation provides funding of education and training programs tobetter identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and aroundmines," McKinley said. "It would also specifically fund research into theprevention and treatment for black lung disease of our hard-workingminers. It's only common sense that if a company is fined by MSHA that

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