On July 9, 2012, Congressman Sires supported H.R. 4114 the Veterans Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act and H.R. 4155 the Veterans Skills Jobs Act. Together these two pieces of legislation adjust the rate of compensation disabled veterans and their families receive in addition to recognizing the valuable skills gained while serving in the armed forces.
"I am proud to support legislation that provides increased benefits to disabled soldiers. Also, H.R. 4155 allows our soldiers to build off their invaluable skills acquired during their time of service to our nation" said Congressman Sires. These bills ensure that our Veterans our able to acquire good paying jobs with their current skill set and that disabled members of the armed services are given the care they deserve."
H.R. 4114 would tie veterans' disability compensation rates to the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits, ensuring that our disabled members of the armed services receive a cost of living adjustment, effective December 1, 2012. H.R. 4155 streamlines the federal certification process, making it easier for veterans to utilize the skills they acquired in the military to acquire federal licenses and obtain civilian employment.
H.R. 4114 and H.R. 4155 passed the House of Representatives and are now under review in the Senate.