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This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on June 30, 2009.
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A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2009, in 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, to codify increases in the rates of such compensation that were effective as of December 1, 2008, and for other purposes.
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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/111/1/s407.
The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a service-connected disability program which provides monthly cash benefits to veterans with disabilities suffered during active duty in the Armed Forces. The amount of compensation is dependent on the severity of the disability and other factors. The Department estimates that it will provide disability compensation to over 3 million veterans in 2009.
Veterans with a disability rating of 30 percent or more may receive additional compensation on behalf of a spouse, children, or dependent parents. Such compensation is prorated based on the disability rating. Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs pays dependency and indemnity compensation to the survivors of service members and veterans who died on active duty on or after 1957. The VA estimates it will pay such benefits to approximately 343,000 survivors in 2009.
Cost-of-living allowances, or COLAs, adjust benefits, entitlements, and salaries based on changes for inflation. Federal programs like Social Security, the Civil Service Retirement System, and the Federal Employees Retirement System utilize COLAs.
S. 407 directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the amounts paid to veterans for disability compensation and to their survivors for dependency compensation, at the same cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment rate payable to recipients of Social Security. This increase would take effect on December 1, 2009.
The funds covered by this increase are the Wartime Disability Compensation, Additional Compensation for Dependents, Clothing Allowance, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation to Surviving Spouse, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation to Children.
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "the COLA that would be authorized by this bill is assumed in CBO's baseline... Furthermore, based on its current economic forecast, CBO does not anticipate a cost-of-living increase in 2010 for Social Security; thus, CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have no impact on spending for those programs."
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