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Rehberg, House Approve Benefits Increase for Montana's Disabled Vets

Location: Washington, DC

Rehberg, House Approve Benefits Increase for Montana's Disabled Vets

Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, announced Montana's disabled military veterans and dependents of deceased veterans will receive an increase in benefits effective Dec. 1, 2006. The rate of the increase isn't set yet, but is expected to be in line with inflation-matching increases in Social Security and military retired pay. Rehberg is a member of the Military Quality of Life Appropriations Subcommittee that deals with veterans funding issues. There are 102,000 veterans in Montana.

"We need to do all we can to help Montana's disabled veterans and surviving dependents of fallen heroes," said Rehberg. "Many of our veterans were hurt or killed in combat. Congress has an obligation to be there for them and their families. I intend to see that obligation met."

Each year since 1976, Congress has provided a benefits boost to our nation's disabled veterans and their survivors. The purpose of the annual increase is to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs cash benefits retain their purchasing power and are not eroded by inflation. The most recent bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the rates of veterans' disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for disabled adult children, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children.

"This bill reaffirms our commitment to disabled vets and survivors of those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice," added Rehberg. "These are folks that depend on their monthly VA check to pay the bills and buy groceries. Passage of this bill is good news for these veterans and their families."

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