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House Passes Veterans' COLA and Jobs Skills Legislation

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Location: Washington, DC

The House of Representatives yesterday passed two bills important to the nation's wounded warriors, veterans, and their families -- H.R. 4114, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Act, and H.R. 4155, the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act.

H.R. 4114 would put service-disabled veterans, their dependents, and the survivors of deceased veterans on equal footing with Social Security beneficiaries by authorizing a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to their benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Despite current economic conditions, service-disabled veterans who receive disability benefits from the VA do not automatically see their benefits increase to meet the rising cost of consumer goods. To right this inequity, H.R. 4114 makes compensation to veterans and their dependents, the clothing allowance, and the dependency and indemnity compensation subject to the same COLA as Social Security recipients.

H.R. 4155 would require the heads of federal departments or agencies to ensure that applicants for federal licenses, for a variety of commercial activities, who received relevant training while serving as members of the Armed Forces, are deemed to satisfy any training or certification requirements for the licenses.

"In a town that doesn't agree on much, it's encouraging when we can set aside partisanship to do what we can to help our veterans and military families through this tough economy after they've served and sacrificed for their country," said Amodei.

Amodei is a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the House Army Caucus. He served in the U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General Corps, and his daughter Ryanne is a U.S. Navy veteran of the first Gulf War.

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