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Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2007

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. BERKLEY. Mr. Speaker, I also would like to thank Chairman Filner, Ranking Member Buyer, and subcommittee chairman, John Hall, and ranking subcommittee chairman, Mr. Miller, for their continued efforts to ensure the value of veterans benefits does not erode as the cost living increases.

H.R. 1284, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, will help our service-disabled veterans and their survivors maintain the purchasing power of their benefits in 2008.

Now, everyone that has spoken before me has been quite eloquent, and you don't need for me to reinforce all of the statements that they have already made. But I would like to let you know how this affects the people that I represent.

Last year, over 31,000 veterans and survivors received disability compensation or pension payments from the VA in the State of Nevada. The action we are taking here today will help the Nevada veterans and families who depend on these VA benefits. No amount of money can adequately compensate our veterans for the loss of their health, or families for the loss of a loved one. It is important, though, that these benefits do not lose their value over time, and that we demonstrate our genuine appreciation for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our Nation.

Mr. Speaker, I ask that everybody vote in favor this measure

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