Thursday, September 19, 2013

Important Cost-of-Living Legislation Awaits Final Vote in Senate


Please Write to Your Senators Today!

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (VT) introduced a bill on May 8, 2013, S. 893, that if enacted into law would affect cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) in VA compensation and pension benefit payments, effective on December 1, 2013, for the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for the survivors of certain disabled veterans. The Committee favorably reported the bill on September 4, 2013 to the full Senate. We are pleased to advise you that, for the first time in more than 20 years, this bill does not contain the round-down provision of previous years that reduced compensation and pension payments by millions of dollars – all at the expense of disabled veterans and their families. DAV strongly supports S. 893.

Please use the prepared electronic letter or draft your own to urge your Senator to cosponsor S. 893, and to urge the Senate Leadership to bring this bill to the floor of the Senate for a vote as soon as possible.

As always, we appreciate your support of DAV and your grassroots activism in participating in DAV CAN, the Commander's Action Network. Your advocacy helps make DAV a highly influential and persuasive organization in Washington.

Thank you for all you do for America's veterans and their families.

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