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Nov 27, 2012

Tester’s Veterans Cost-of-Living increase becomes law

(U.S. SENATE) - With a signature from the President, Senator Jon Tester's bipartisan bill to provide disabled veterans and survivors with a cost-of-living increase today became law.

Tester's bill matches the veterans' benefit increase to the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) provided to Social Security recipients. It will benefit nearly four million veterans and their families and affect several important veterans' benefits, including disability compensation and survivor benefits for spouses and children.

"Veterans fought hard for this country and earned all their benefits," said Tester, Montana's only member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "It's my job to make sure those benefits keep pace with economic realities, and it is our responsibility to keep living up to those promises on behalf of all veterans."

Tester helped pass a similar increase in veterans' disability benefits last year. This year's increase will mean an additional $500 in benefits on average for veterans and their families next year.

"Compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs is a major source of income for many veterans and their families, so adjusting those payments for inflation is absolutely necessary," said Disabled American Veterans National Commander Larry A. Polzin. "We commend Sen. Tester for leading the charge on the COLA bill and helping to push it across the finish line."

 

Tester's Veterans' Compensation Cost-Of-Living Act

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Glendive

122 W Towne
Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 365-2391
Fax: (406) 365-8836

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

14 Third Street E, Suite 230
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front Street
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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