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MOPH Chapter 177

2014 Cost of Living Adjustment

Shoulder to Shoulder with Gov. Jindal
VA Monthly Site Inspections Ordered - Hospital, Clinics and Mental Health Facilities
Letter from Secretary of Veterans Affairs David LaCerte
Patriot of the Year - Richard O'Brien
MOPH Chapter 177 Fun Raising - October, 2013
Veterans Health Care & Veterans Benefits Briefings 25 Oct 2013
Legislative Endeavor "Purple Heart Recognition Day"
Burial Allowances Available to Veterans
Purple Heart Day Aug. 7, 2013
Kenilworth 4th of July Parade.
Why Are Veterans Waiting Years on Appeal?:
The Purple Heartbeat Newsletter for June 2013
Claims Backlog Begins to Shrink
Presentation - First Responder Award
MOPH Award
Cpl. Joseph Fontenot Plaque Presentation
2014 Cost of Living Adjustment
VA Claims Backlog Milestone
Senate Passes COLA for Vets
Veterans Cemetery Ceremony at Camp Villere 12/05/12
2012 Guide to Constitutional Amendments
Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Purple Heart Day
Stolen Valor Act
Homestead Exemption for Spouse
Hero Poster
Governor Jindal Announces New Legislative Proposals
Sequestration Cuts
Vietnam Veterans and Their Families
OPM: Reservists can not be denied
Schedule a Burial and Benefits
Port Hudson Dedication
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
Patriot of the Year
History of the Purple Heart
MOPH 177 Roster
The Training Course for Filing for Benefits from National
VA Benefits - State and Federal
Laws Concerning Veteran Benefits
Photos of Events

Patriots - Please read. O'Brien

VFW Advocacy Protects Veterans’ Cost-of-Living Adjustments

Last week, the Senate passed a VFW-supported amendment as part of their budget resolution (S.Con.Res.8) for fiscal year 2014 prior to formally adjourning back to their home state offices. The amendment ensured that cost-of-living adjustments, or COLA, for disabled veterans and Social Security beneficiaries would still be calculated equitably in the future.

The amendment negated another proposal in the budget resolution that could have cut future COLA increases in half by using an alternate Consumer Price Index calculation called chained CPI.

Chained CPI has been talked about as a way to save money and reduce debt within the federal government.
VFW came out strongly last year against chained CPI because it is a money-saving benefit for the government that puts additional financial burdens on disabled veterans.

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), has been a vocal opponent of chained CPI, which is why he consistently echoes the VFW’s concerns and why he decided to introduce the amendment.

VFW advocates were once again on the front lines in ensuring that COLA for all disability benefits would be safe. VFW Action Corps mobilized late last week in support of Sanders’ amendment, generating nearly 800 advocacy messages to 92 Senate offices.

When the amendment came up for consideration on the Senate floor, it easily passed by voice vote. The full budget resolution then passed the Senate in an early morning vote of 50-49.

The VFW believes that veterans, retirees and their survivors earned their compensation and pension payments, and cutting COLA as a way to save money is the same as balancing the budget on the backs of those who served and sacrificed for our nation. Check back regularly for updates as your VFW continues to advocate against chained CPI calculations for veterans.