On October 9, 2018, President Trump signed Public Law 115-258, which provides a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of 2.8 percent, effective December 1, 2018, for veterans disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for survivors and certain other benefits.
VA compensation and DIC benefits are retrospectively paid on the first of each month, for the previous month. This means that the 2.8 COLA increase effective December 1, 2018, will not be included until the January 1, 2019 payment. This increase matches the COLA provided to Social Security recipients.
This COLA benefits injured and ill veterans, their families and survivors by helping to maintain the value of VA benefits against inflation. Without annual COLAs, many disabled veterans, who sacrificed their own health and family life for the good of our nation, may not be able to maintain the quality of life they deserve.
We thank Representative Mike Bost (IL), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs for introducing HR 4958, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018 and Congress for final passage of the bill on September 25, 2018.
Likewise, we appreciate your support for service-disabled veterans and your grassroots efforts in the DAV Commander’s Action Network, which helped get this critical legislation enacted. Please share this information on all of your social media sites. Thank you for all you do for America’s veterans and their families.
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On Saturday the Minneapolis VA Transportation program had their annual volunteer appreciation dinner. This year we went on a boat ride along the Saint Croix River out of Stillwater on the paddleboat Avalon. There was great food, great music, great weather and most importantly a group of great volunteers and their loved ones enjoying each other’s company. Everyone enjoyed the sights, the food and the people and all look forward to getting together again next year.
The 4th Annual DAV Morrison County Chapter # 12 Bike and Classic Car Run that was held on Saturday, July 21, 2018. William Hollerman has been the driving force behind this event since the beginning. He said that he has never served in the Armed Forces, but he totally believes in the mission of the Disabled American Veterans Morrison County Chapter # 12 and all of its 400 members. He designs the course for the event each year and we stop at two locations throughout the central Minnesota area. This year we stopped at the American Legion in Sauk Centre and Herbie’s Bar in Flensburg. We always start from the West Side Bar in Little Falls and end up there after the event. The owners of the West Side Bar provide a free meal to everybody and then we have a Live Auction. This year the event made around $6,200.00. William Hollerman gives 100% of the money made each year to the Chapter # 12 DAV.