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Senate Approves Cola Increase For Disabled Vets

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We all know that saying something and doing something are two different things. I could not find the full article even if there is a full article, there may not be a full article and for this to happen will be a miracle but never the less, I will pass it on. If someone can find more information or the full story please post it. I found this on WWW.Veteranstoday.com, it was under the Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today's News and the date is supposed to be 9/23/2010.

Senate Approves COLA Increase For Disabled Vets. CQ (9/23, Lesniewski) reports, "By voice vote, the Senate on Wednesday cleared a bill that would provide" a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for disabled veterans. After noting that the bill "would increase the amounts paid to veterans for disability compensation and to their survivors for dependency and indemnity compensation," CQ adds, "The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that it will provide disability compensation to just over 3 million veterans with service-connected disabilities in the current fiscal year."

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That's nice but I think they have to approve it every yr and then it's tied to the consumer price index(or some other fool thing) and if there is no inflation we don't get it. Needless to say they'll tell us there's no inflation, again, this yr. I'm happy w/what I get right now. As long as I don't get foolish I survive quite comfortably.

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You know they exclude the price of food and energy from the CPI. They do factor in the price of cell phones, computers, cars and houses. I don't need a cell phone but I need to eat and food prices are going up. I don't think we will get a cola. This really hurts those on SSA, VA, SSI and government pensions.

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It was my impression any discussion concerning COLA's on this board has been strictly forbidden.

If it's open again, Veterans COLA's are based on Social Security increases which are frozen. Its obvious Alan Simson's views on having Veterans pay for our economic problems will likely continue until we end these wars.

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The linked article is a blog/journal that you have to pay for. *shrug*

cq.com

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Thats the same source-all they did was copy the blurb from cq.com

Here is another source:

http://www.veteranst...80%99s-news-63/

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It was my impression any discussion concerning COLA's on this board has been strictly forbidden.

If it's open again, Veterans COLA's are based on Social Security increases which are frozen. Its obvious Alan Simson's views on having Veterans pay for our economic problems will likely continue until we end these wars.

Allan,

Discussing the COLA is in no way a strictly forbidden subject here.

What is not appreciated at all is when certain members start posting

their continuous beef's with no COLA for disabled vets and the VA is ripping off disabled vets

we need and deserve the money, another way the VA keeps vets in foreclosure, blah, blah, blah,

just continuance of dribble bashing the VA.

COLA goes strictly by the CPI - VA has no say in whether disabled vets or SSA recipients

receive a COLA or not.

When the CPI hasn't risen there will simply be no COLA.

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This is routine in the Senate, it has to be voted on every year.........the Senate has given their blessing to a COLA, but the COLA is tied to the CPI and the CPI is still in negative territory.

No positive CPI = No COLA, and the politicians get a pass because they did as required but the CPI stopped it.

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Sorry Carlie,

I thought I remembered reading that there was not to be any discussion of COLA's.

If thats not so, than Im mistaken. Not looking for an argument with you.

If my reply was considered "continuance of dribble bashing the VA by you, that wasn't my intent.

It really doesn't matter. Theres not likely to be any COLA. The CPI are figures the bean counters like Simpson play with all day long to their advantage. You can bet it's not to our benefit.

My personal opinion is Veterans should recieve an automatic anual increase in their benefit amount regardless of the CPI. Just my opinion and I know the VA can't do anything about it.

"If you put your military personel in harms way, than when they become injuried you need to pay."

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When COLA is news it should be discussed. However the routine linking of VA Cola to Social Security COLA is hardly news.

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THe Army Times has an article suggesting an increase of 0.1 percent pending passing of the legislation. We shall see.

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I know my mind is not right, however, I emailed the BLS last year to find out what products are considers with the CPI for COLA and there were only food products on the information they emailed me.......no kind of electronics or anything else anyone would consider not truly essential.

There are multile CPI formulas.

You know they exclude the price of food and energy from the CPI. They do factor in the price of cell phones, computers, cars and houses. I don't need a cell phone but I need to eat and food prices are going up. I don't think we will get a cola. This really hurts those on SSA, VA, SSI and government pensions.

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THe Army Times has an article suggesting an increase of 0.1 percent pending passing of the legislation. We shall see.

Something would be better than nothing...

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Next retiree COLA could be tiny, analysts say

By Rick Maze - Staff writer

Posted : Tuesday Mar 16, 2010 20:31:00 EDT The cost-of-living adjustment for retirees next year could test the idea if something really is better than nothing.After getting no COLA this year in military and federal civilian retired pay, veterans disability compensation and Social Security because of the weak national economy, congressional economists are estimating that the pay adjustment this Dec. 1, which will take effect in January paychecks, will be just 0.1 percent.

http://www.armytimes...e_cola_031610w/

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Sorry Carlie,

I thought I remembered reading that there was not to be any discussion of COLA's.

If thats not so, than Im mistaken. Not looking for an argument with you.

If my reply was considered "continuance of dribble bashing the VA by you, that wasn't my intent.

allan,

No, I wasn't at all referring to you or anyone else in this thread, regarding a

"continuance of dribble bashing the VA".

Check your PM section.

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This is the CPI for COLA formula and as John said there are somethings on there that we all do not need. I did not remember all this on here, my apologies. I think they just sent me an email with the food portion. I wonder if they have ever thought or considered to do a retired/disabled CPI for COLA since our uses are not the same as active duty personnel/working personnel.

http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpiri2008.pdf

I know my mind is not right, however, I emailed the BLS last year to find out what products are considers with the CPI for COLA and there were only food products on the information they emailed me.......no kind of electronics or anything else anyone would consider not truly essential.

There are multile CPI formulas.

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Don't cha feel we get enough?????????? I have plenty. Could I spend more - sure! We have shelter, food, water, a vehicle, family, friends, Hadit, etc. What more do we need??? Some of you are sounding to me like some of these CEO's wanting more and more. Look around the world and compare our lives to their's. I'll take mine any day! Sorry but I get sooooo tired of hearing the whinning. Woe is me!!! I get $20+ an hour, 40 hrs a week cuz I can't work. Unfortunately, in my area of the country, $10-$12 an hour is great pay - altho minimum wage is more prevelent. jmo

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Actually PR, you make more. Say you make 54000 per year and after deductions taxes and ect of 24 percent you make 41000.

I am still looking for the lost 25 percent increase proposed a few years ago. I have looked everywhere. It must have been a dream.

J

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Thats the same source-all they did was copy the blurb from cq.com

Fine a better source for this issue or leave it off the board. Got it.

J

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I am in my 60's as is my wife and have many friends who are our age. I am grateful for my service connected disability and the Social Security. I look at dear friends who through no fault of their own will have to live on meager incomes of Social Security and nothing else.

Hardly a day goes by that I don't tell my wife how lucky we are. As it stands I have an income that is sufficient to allow me to basically do almost anything that I want to do or at least have a crack at things I know friends and family can't do.

The way I look at it I have a damn good retirement Income and now that I have 10 years my wife is protected with DIC and ChampVA and will be able to elect my Social Security if I go first which is my guess right now.I have a good life and I enjoy it very much. There was a time I made 6 figures, had a nice Company Car and membership at Country Club paid by my Company and I worked every day of the week traveled by myself most of the time lived in nice hotels and ate at good restaurants.And if I had kept that job I would be dead years ago.

I cannot live very well when there is pressure. The worse pressure I have now is when I get called to fix Mrs Pete's remote control cause her guide won't come up. I also make the coffee everyday.

So PR I know what you are saying. When I had to survive on my savings and almost lost my house I dreamed of just an income of half of what I get from the US Gubermint.

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Don't cha feel we get enough?????????? I have plenty. Could I spend more - sure! We have shelter, food, water, a vehicle, family, friends, Hadit, etc. What more do we need??? Some of you are sounding to me like some of these CEO's wanting more and more. Look around the world and compare our lives to their's. I'll take mine any day! Sorry but I get sooooo tired of hearing the whinning. Woe is me!!! I get $20+ an hour, 40 hrs a week cuz I can't work. Unfortunately, in my area of the country, $10-$12 an hour is great pay - altho minimum wage is more prevelent. jmo

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Unfortunately you hit the nail on the head. I (from the sound if it) pay a lot more to live where I do than you do. Not because I live a fancy lifestyle, but because I happen to have grown up in the highest taxed county in the US (Monroe County NY, when all taxes like school, property, sales, etc are taken into account). If the VA used a system like the military where you received more or less based on the coast of living in your area I bet people would flip out that someone in L.A. or D.C. got double what they did. And unfortunately moving to a low tax state is not an option.

Remember, they made a contract with you when you enlisted just like you did with them. We have nothing whatsoever to be ashamed of for wanting compensation for giving up our time and health. Comparing it to some CEO getting cashed in is a pretty big slap in the face to a guy who has no legs or a woman who spent 100's of hours dealing with blown up 18 year olds. Would you fight your insurance company for a fair replacement value if they lowballed you on how much you got after your car was totalled? You bet you sweet bippie you would. This is no different in my mind. Maybe my youth and health are worth more to me than you and that is just fine. To each their own.

I know this is off topic and I apologize and I guess this should be a locked topic.

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pr,

I couldn't agree with you more IF the disabled party is being PROPERLY compensated for their disabilities.

Even I would have to admit trying to make ends meet on 20 or 30 percent is a no go - while the claimant maybe waiting

many years on their claim issues.

I'm 60 percent VA plus SSD and I am making it, I really can't judge anyone else.

BUT

You are correct - for any and all that are receiving 100 percent from VA

and some of the wonderful benefits for P&T, life should not be too hard.

I have a buddy that was recently granted 100 percent with P&T.

Just getting the P&T benefit in FL. has saved them well over $200.00

per month on property taxes alone.

I think many of us have just raised our standards of living far too high.

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Consider a spouse trying to live on just SSA and DIC. It is not that much. With lack of pensions these days people will be going into retirement with small money.

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Yup, I was talking about 100%ers and TDIUers. I believe during those good yrs we raised our standards of living too high and it was only because we could make the payments. Don't worry yours is coming!

pr

pr,

I couldn't agree with you more IF the disabled party is being PROPERLY compensated for their disabilities.

Even I would have to admit trying to make ends meet on 20 or 30 percent is a no go - while the claimant maybe waiting

many years on their claim issues.

I'm 60 percent VA plus SSD and I am making it, I really can't judge anyone else.

BUT

You are correct - for any and all that are receiving 100 percent from VA

and some of the wonderful benefits for P&T, life should not be too hard.

I have a buddy that was recently granted 100 percent with P&T.

Just getting the P&T benefit in FL. has saved them well over $200.00

per month on property taxes alone.

I think many of us have just raised our standards of living far too high.

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I don't know, John, $2k+, a month, ain't that bad, especially if the mortgage is paid off. That's figuring $1400 for DIC and another $750 in SS. jmo

pr

Consider a spouse trying to live on just SSA and DIC. It is not that much. With lack of pensions these days people will be going into retirement with small money.

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