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    Bill Guaranteeing Cost-of-Living Increase for Veterans in 2024 Heads to President’s Desk

    Bill Guaranteeing Cost-of-Living Increase for Veterans in 2024 Heads to President's Desk

    Legislation giving veterans a cost-of-living adjustment on benefits in 2024 — likely to result in an increase in payments — is headed to President Joe Biden's desk for signature following an agreement by the House.

    The annual procedure done by Congress guarantees that veterans' pensions or disability payments will keep pace with increases to Social Security, Supplemental Security and federal disability income payments.

    The exact amount of next year's increase has not yet been determined. It's based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers and usually is announced at the of the fiscal year, sometime in October.

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    However, a national advocacy group, the Senior Citizens League, is currently projecting it to be around 3.1%.

    Social Security recipients and veterans this year saw the largest boost to their COLAs in nearly four decades, an 8.7% rise based on the high inflation experienced in the U.S. in 2022.

    Some years, however, the increase is significantly smaller, and at times has been at zero — in 2009, 2010 and 2015, according to the Social Security Administration.

    The House approved the legislation without objection Tuesday after the Senate passed it by unanimous consent March 30.

    Sponsors of the bill, the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2023, said Wednesday that the legislation is…

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