Increased Compensation for Veterans’ Disability Benefits
On Friday July 22, 2016, the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2016 was passed. The new law directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase 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. The increased compensation rates for veterans will become effective on December 1, 2016. The exact amount of the increase will be finalized at the end of the 2016 calendar year.
Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., the sponsor of the new bill, said, “I’m proud to have led the bipartisan effort in Congress to provide for our American heroes. This COLA adjustment will help bring increased financial security to our veterans and their families. Our veterans served our country, and now we have to make sure they receive the benefits they deserve for their sacrifice.”
For any questions regarding your VA disability claim or how this new law might effect your benefits, call the experienced veteran’s disability attorneys at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Gardberg and Kemmerly, P.C. serve veterans the United States from our office in Mobile, Alabama. Contact us today at 251-343-1111 for a free case evaluation.