S. 2258, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2014

S. 2258

Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2014

Sponsor
Sen. Mark Begich

Date
September 16, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the House will consider S. 2258, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2014, under suspension of the rules.  S. 2258 was introduced by Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and was passed in the Senate on September 11, 2014 by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

S. 2258 directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase, as of December 1, 2014, the rates of veterans’ disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children. The bill requires each annual increase to be the same as the percentage by which Social Security disability benefits are increased each year as set under 215(i) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)).

Background

Veterans’ disability compensation is available to veterans who sustained injuries, diseases, or other medical conditions that are related military service.[1]  “Disability compensation pays a monthly cash benefit to disabled veterans who are at least 10% disabled as a result of military service.  Benefit payment amounts are contingent upon the claimant’s level of disability based on the [Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities] as determined by the VA.  The claimant’s marital status, number of children or other dependents, and certain disabilities . . . are additional factors that will affect payment.  At the end of FY2012, over 3.5 million veterans were receiving VDC benefits.”[2]

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[1] Umar Moulta-Ali, Disability Benefits Available Under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Disability Compensation (VDC), Congressional Research Service (Jan. 23, 2014) at 7.
[2] Id. at 9.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.