This bill — the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020 — would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the rates of compensation for several areas of veterans’ living expenses. As of December 1, 2020, the rates of veterans’ disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency & indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children would be increased. Each of these increases would be based on the percentage used to increase Social Security benefits.
What is House Bill H.R. 6168?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 6168
In-Depth: Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) introduced this bill to increase veterans’ compensation and other benefits in line with the cost-of-living adjustment used for Social Security benefits:
“Veterans across my district, and the nation, depend on these earned benefits, so it is my duty to ensure that the increasing costs of living are taken into account each year.”
This bill’s original cosponsor, Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), has sponsored or cosponsored the annual veterans' COLA bill for the last several years.
Sponsoring Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) Press Release (115th Congress)
Military Benefits (Context)
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: The U.S. Army via Flickr / Public Domain)
Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020
To increase, effective as of December 1, 2020, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.
- EnactedOctober 20th, 2020The President signed this bill into law
- The senate Passed on a voice vote
- The house Passed on a voice voteIntroducedMarch 10th, 2020