The United States House of Representatives voted this week to give final approval to a bill giving disabled veterans and veterans' survivors a 1.5 percent cost of living increase. The United States Senate voted on the 1.5 percent COLA increase in October so if, as expected, President Obama signs the measure into law the cost of living increase will become effective December 1, 2013. Veterans will begin seeing the increase in January of 2014.
Remember those Social Security statements you used to receive in the mail each year around your birthday? You may have noticed that you no longer receive those. Due to budget concerns, Social Security stopped mailing them out. Now, however, you can access them online! Just visit Social Security online at http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount to access information. You can create an account and access information about:
Nearly 80,000 Vietnam veterans were discharged under other than honorable conditions. Being discharged under other than honorable conditions prevents those Vietnam veterans from receiving veteran's disability benefits. How many of those veterans discharges could have been honorable had PTSD been taken into consideration? This is the exact question raised by the case of Shephard v. McHugh. Shephard v. McHugh, 3:11-cv-00641 (D. Conn. 2013).