Veterans with service-related disabilities, and their families, are one step closer to having their disability compensation protected under a bill sponsored by Senator Mike Johanns. The Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Act, which passed last night in the U.S. Senate, would ensure their benefits increase with the rate of inflation. The bill would similarly raise Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans. This would also equal the percentage by which Social Security benefits are increased in 2009.
"I am proud to have sponsored this bill to protect compensation for these men and women who have been injured while serving our country," Johanns said. "Our soldiers and their families have made tremendous sacrifices for our country, and deserve our firm commitment and deepest respect. I will continue working for the best possible benefits and resources for our men and women in uniform, as well as their families."
The House and Senate will now decide which chamber's bill to adopt and send to the President for his signature.