VA COLA Act of 2010 Ready to Sign

October 04, 2010 | Terry Howell

The news that Congress passed the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act  of 2010 likely sparked some excitement for many veterans last week. But before anyone rushes off to spend the increase, it is important to note that this is an annual congressional ritual. By law Congress has to okay the linking of VA benefit increases to the increase in Social Security COLA. This happens every year.

The official summary of H.R. 4667 reads as follows:
To increase, effective as of December 1, 2010, 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, and for other purposes.

But, here is “the Rest of the Story.”

The increase is tied to the Social Security Administration COLA for 2011 which will likely be zero for 2011. This is because the SSA COLA is based on the previous year’s rate of inflation (Consumer Price Index). Which for 2010 has been less than zero. Furthermore the SSA COLA is determined based on the last year in which the CPI rate was positive, this means that the 2010 CPI is weighted against the 2008 CPI. The 2010 CPI is currently tracking at 0.6% below the 2008 CPI.

The bottom line is that although the President will soon sign this into law, this annual legislative ritual will likely have no impact on any one’s VA benefits or Military Retirement pay.

 

Comments

  1. they all full of sxxx!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Disgruntled Guest says:

    The congress takes 24 million dollars from SOCIAL SECURITY (to which they do NOT contribute) to spend on updating their heath records but does NOT give SS Cola increases! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    • even better, the cpi did not go up, but the idiots forget to tell you the dollar went down. the price of coffee is still 5.00, but your only getting 1/2 pound. its a carnival shell game. the press writes about spending and cutbacks, not one word how these idiots are going to tax me less!

  3. Greenhornet929 says:

    The cost of living has not gone up? Why does gas cost more, my gas and electric costs more, food has gone up and so have our state and local taxes.

    This Congress needs to be replaced by those that live in the real world.

    • survivor Spouse says:

      Yes to everything mentioned 100 and 10% . Always give all you can and more and what is given in return, even lives are given and still nothing counts to the people and for the people, when any increase in the cost to go on living and we are not talking luxury.

    • i lived in germany as a german born citizen until 1982. came to the states then .now iam a american .turned 65 this year b,een drawing social security since 63 .at 65 i start to draw a couple hundred euros from the time i worked overthere as a young person.now the social security here takes of mine here what iam drawing from germany .the goverment screws you when ever the can.

  4. Roger L. Hull says:

    Life is great for America's royalty (federal level politicians), but for the rest of us it is getting very hard to stay afloat. Surely there are in all of this great land 535 (plus a few) men and women whose only motivation is to do the right thing for America. It's not about being a Democrat or a Republican; it's about doing what's best for our country. We MUST toss the entire current crop and start anew. You don't neet experience and qualifications to serve in the House or Senate. All you need is love of country and caring for your fellow American. If that is you, RUN AND IF YOU'RE ON MY BALLOT, I WILL VOTE FOR YOU!

    • I agree with you. These leaders of ours are only lining their pockets, and getting their paychecks. They don't care about us the people whom pay for their lively hood. Washington shouldn't have politics. They are there supposedly for the good of this great nation and its people. They are not. They forget about us and reality. I say put pressure on them, take away their pay increases, health insurance,, stop them from all the perks and earmarks (of which they profit from) and let some honest and dedicated american that will help this country and its people and forget politics and the political partys.

  5. These politicians need to wake up and smell the coffee…. Just as stated previously, my utilities go up, taxes go up but yet the cost of living does not exceed 2008. Now I can believe that because I was paying 4.00 a gallon at the gas pump, but really is that part of the cost of living equation they were using… Un-screw yourselves you pinko politician bastards…

  6. C OLA's anyone under the Soc Sec. Admin. or SSI as well VA Comp or VA Service Connected Pension is a disgrace in this country the CPI or Comsumer Price Index seems to be not based on the true inflationary prices in the real life Even we recieve a small increase will do nothing to help. However a small increase is better than ZERO or nothing at all.Small I mean less than 3% increase across the board If the Military can gain increases in valid Pay or other benefits Why not the Veterans that previosly served?

    • Vietnam Widow says:

      Please keep in mind, and don't forget the "Civial Service" disabiled . . . they pay social security taxes out of thier disability pay and only recieve "COLA's" with they rest.

  7. Spiritofgod21 says:

    It is a shame and a disgrace that disable veterans have to put up with this government retoric, why don,t all these veteran service organizations speak up and be hered on this shamful matter the simple fact is my taxes gas food and clothing goes up every year more money needs to be put were it can do the most good for those of us who put our lives on the line for the freedoms that america enjoys.4God&Country

  8. Franko35758 says:

    these bastards, who , are suppose to lead by example, voted themselves a raise, to be above the OBAMACARE, that they voted for the taxpayers of AMERICA. to be forced to participate in , if you fall for this crap, you deserve the consequences. but for the ones who do not like it should be able to have something different to ourr choosing.these BASTARDS are not LEADERS, dictators!!!

    leaders! THEY ARE dictators. IF YOU THINK YOUR HEALTHCARE IS FREE, PITY YOU!

  9. Chickenmen101 says:

    I absolutely agree with every one of the comments posted. It uterly amazes me hoe the corrupt politicians of this country keep on fatting there coffers while the veterans of this country continue to suffer. People on Social Security Disabilitys continue to suffer as well.Prices have more than tripled in the last two to three years and the so called politicians and this whacked out CPI say basicaly we dont deserve a COLA I say B——t.We have a whacked out president that never served in the military and has no f—–g idea of what veterans went through. He sets up there drawing his 280.00 plus pay check so why in the hell should he care.Congress gives them selves pay raises when they fill like it. They lie and are as corrupt as they can be. Any ways maybe next year or the year after. I wouldnt count on it as long as that peckerwood is in office.

  10. Franko35758 says:

    FIGHT BACK!!! VOTE REPUBLICAN!!! fire them all, how can anyone with common sense, vot for any of them.

    • you are confused it`s the repubs that are s——– us!

    • Your right just don't vote when it is time to. A couple of years ago here in PA we had 2 Congressman that got raises and like most of the Congressman and Representative most turn their in. NO not these two. Well when it came time to be voted they were not voted in November election. Now we are getting a new Governor the last one was a real ass. He threatned so many state workers so he can get his gaming tables. Never took care of the electric to get another cap put on it. He only worried about himself. Let's see when the comes into office.

  11. Just how much are they going INCREASE their salaries when the Lame Duck session starts after election day. I served Twenty Two years active duty, retired as a MSgt. and I certainly don't get 100% of my salary for life, as they do for serving only ONE four year elected cycle. They need to start PAYING back the 70 Billion to the Social Security fund so the rest of us can attempt a reasonable life syle on much less than their $175,000. yearly retirement.

    • I totally agree- they get their raise yearly and they think that our prices have NOT gone up. Who are they kidding? They need to get real and stop and consider the real world!!

  12. Madscout28 says:

    As a recent retiree, I too as well as alot of those retirees before me fell for this horrendous hoax. I thought giving 26 yrs of my life to serve in the greatest military ever known would show some sort of respect and gratitude but again as I have endured throughout my military career, ITS JUST ANOTHER SLAP IN THE FACE !!!

    • I agree my brother. Our government is a joke when it comes to the military. Our leaders say they are for the military, and they are as long as they need bodies to do their dirty work. When we are through with our time in the military, they do everything they can to harm the military personel. Our leaders should be thankful and respect those that serve. I beleive our leaders only care about their selves and what they can do to better their livelyhood. I say take away their benefits, perks and see how they like it.

  13. BuzzWater says:

    Wrong
    we are getting 4%, I found out today personally – I saw the Hoax and knew it was wrong (100% rate increase from $2600 to $4600, pls) so we called a contact in Dc = 4% COLA

  14. And you found this out where exactly???

  15. The Veterans organizations DO speak up. The morons in DC don't care to listen…….

    • YOU ARE ABSOTELY CORRECT. OUR LEADERS DON'T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THEMSELVES. THAT IS WHY THEY PLAY THE POLITICS AND SAY ONETHING AND DO JUST THE OPPOSITE. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT BOTH PARTYS ARE ACTUALLY IN TOGETHER. ONE PARTY SAYS ONE THING WHILE THE OTHER DISAGREES, AND WHEN THE DISAGREEING PARTY GETS INTO POWER THEY END UP ADDING MORE BENEFITS THAT ACTUALLY BENEFITS BOTH PARTYS POLITICIANS. I SAY WE THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT PRESSURE ON THEM TO STOP ALL THE POLITICS,AND PERSONEL BEFEFIT PACKAGES AND DO WHAT THEY ARE ELECTED TO DO, SERVE THIS GREAT NATION AND ITS PEOPLE

  16. The folks in DC leave a lot to be desired, but voting Republican is certainly not the remedy. If you examine their so-called record of supporting veterans in the past, you will discover that there is very little substance but enough hot air to reinflate the Hindenberg.

    Let's not be suckers. Remember this, the Republicans controlled Congress and the White House for 8 out of the last 10 years, and I challenge anyone to show me just what they did for veterans when they had all the power.

    Wake up folks! It's not about political parties. We're spending our time and money in the wrong places! Donate to and work in the campaigns in your communities to the folks who really support veterans… regardlesss of their political party.

    • republicans controlled both the house and senate when clinton took the credit for balancing the budget. the democrats took control in 2006 which started the downward spiral and lenient lending laws.

  17. Zaubern13 says:

    It is not a party vote, it needs to be for the person that can get the job done. Voting for a party is the problem now.

    Too many people running for office have no idea what the job requires until they walk through the door.

  18. Lazaro O. Camarillo, says:

    THE PROBLEM IS THAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHERE THE

    COMBAT VETERANS COME FROM, YOU SENT US AND WE GO WITH NOT ASKING ANY QUESTION; AND DIE FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

    THEY HAVE BEEN THERE TO LONG THAT THEY FORGET WHAT

    THEY HAVE TO DO FOR THIS COUNTRY. AND SOLDIERS,WHO

    KEEP THEM SAVE 24HRS A DAY, ALL YEARS AROUND. SO THEY DON'T WORRY, AND FORGET ABOUT THE COMBAT VETERANS.

    FROM THIS: AIRBORNE INFANTRY SOLDIER, " COMBAT WOUNEDED ".

    LAZARO O. CAMARILLO,III

  19. This stinks ! I'm living on a very fixed income on VA disability but my mortgage took a cost of living increase this year of $45.00 and with no COLA in disability I don't know how I'm gonna pay it! DAVet Viet Nam era

    • Vietnam Army Veteran says:

      You are not kidding. We eat Beans and rice getting rid of house phone, and internet file for disability on your real estate taxes…homestead exemption…GodHel all of us…Mercy on the veterans and their families, use skype if you can

  20. Irradiated_Squid says:

    When congress decides to value the veterans of this country more than the corporations that operate within the boundaries of freedom provided by those veterans, congress will give more to the veterans and less to the corporations. Oil companies get billions in tax breaks and subsidies, which is far more than the entire budget given to the V.A. And, that is just the oil companies, which continue to turn exceptional profits. I hope that congress will one day value our service as much as the freedom they enjoy. Then, retired and/or disabled veterans, like myself, will receive compensation at a level that will allow us to do more than just struggle to merely exist. However, like most governments before ours, I believe our congress will always see military personnel as expendable, both on the battle field and when they return home.

  21. This is in reply to MJGift. Send your mortgage bill to Obama and tell him to pay it. Isn't he the one that said share the wealth? Well let him share his wealth. Let him put his money where his big mouth is. But in all seriousness, these politicans including that damn idiot in the White House don't seem to realize that the military community both active and retired iscapable of either making them or breaking them. We're too big we control the deciding votes. Thank goodness November is next month. Then there's 2012 but if Obama doesn't produce a legal birth certificate then he won't appear on the ballot of many states and the number is steadily growing. I feel comfortable in saying that laughing boy will not only be gone in 2012 but may be prosecuted also. I hope that my wish comes true to see him escorted out of the White House by federal agents not only in shame but also in restraints, and to have the rest of that family escorted out under guard to make sure that they don't steal everything that's not nailed down. By the way, I'm also a Disabled Vietnam Vet. 3rd Recon Bn., Third Marine Division, FMF

    • Marilyn Rand says:

      You've been listening to Limbaugh and Beck for too long. Assuming you ever had a faculty for reason, it is gone.

    • Mickey Dee says:

      Uncle Sam's Misguided Children, USMC, your statement only proves that you are an incompetent individual. To slander our standing president, you should be prosecuted and put in jail. Wake up, USMC, you're just one big fat idiot!! What does the FMF stand for: FAT MUTHA F—–? I too am a disabled veteran and wouldn't have the gall to say the things you've said. You need your brains testted!

  22. Grempy & broke says:

    Sure the VA and SSA COLA won't go up, but the price of fuel is still high, the cost of groceries is still higher, and taxes are certainly much higher. Seems as if only congress and corporate executives get raises,,,

  23. A note to BuzzWater……..Please do not make posts such as this unless you are 110% sure.. I am a 72 year-old that spent 32 years in the military. No COLA in past 2 years has slowly diminished my ability to financially exist.. It is disheartening to think there is not an increase in COLA in 2011 but it is even more dissappointing to have someone put a gleam of hope in me if they are not really sure of what they are saying.. If it is really true about the 4% why doesnt military.com announce it?

  24. Disgraced Widow says:

    All I know is I am the widow receiving DIC because my husband died of agent orange after serving 21 years in the military. Since he passed 6 years ago, all I have done is scraped by on my meager 1154.00 monthly

    DIC, and no raises for another year! It is a disgrace how the Government treats our military disabled, but it is also a disgrace how the Widows of these vets have to try and survive on the meager amount of money they allocate to widows in the DIC payments.My life is slowing going down to poverty level with all the raises in food, gas, utilities and so so. These fat cats in office have no idea what it is to try and live on my income. This administration is a disgrace for all military widows as well as its disabled and retired! Obama professed "vote for change" I don't want change……I need DOLLARS!

    • I am recently widowed and you are correct. The DIC is pitiful — I wonder what a Congressman's widow is entitled to receive! My spouse was a disabled Viet Nam veteran who died due to Agent Orange (the gift that kept on giving). We had to fight with the VA for proper care and even acknowledgment that his illness was service connected. PLEASE! He fought for this country and died as a result of that service. He suffered for over 30 years — and I can't even get his name placed on the Wall in DC. Thanks for nothing!!

    • I am the widow to, like you , I and in the same boat. I do not understand how the military do not stand for helping their own people and specially the widows of whose their fight for this country and their families. My husband died of agent orange after serving 21 years in the mlitary and when he got sick from cancer he was treated like he was no body in the Army Hospitl facility. Yes, you right how in the world they are thinking that we can survive with $1,154 a mont?

    • we can only hope and pray that there are support groups or someone in a position to help those left behind. perhaps the dav or american legion can help.

  25. what do you think this terrorism war is all about & why is it being fought,???? American Capitalism is the cause of it,& They are using our troops to protect the Special Interest Groups Investments..Fools Rush In..

  26. Crystalbob says:

    I told people that this was going to happen when the gov passed out the checks few years back but they wouldn't believe me then. Pass billions out to big business,pass out a few hundred to the masses then screw the retirees that are struggling to get by. You wont see a raise this year and will very likely not see ine in the near future. Sorry to say, but this country seems to be folowing the same path of great empires that fell in the past.

  27. JOEL MENSCHEL says:

    THE COLA SHOULD BE BASED ON THE STATE WHERE THE VETERAN LIVES. I LIVE IN NEVADA AND ITS SO BAD HERE THAT WHERE ARE NO. 1 IN EVERYTHING. HOUSEING AND EMPLOYMENT. COURENTLY 15% UNEMPLOYMENT AND 1 IN OUT OF 7 PEOPLE LOSEING THEIR HOMES. WE NEED A COLA NOW.

  28. Being a disabled veteran and also considering what military personnel give to this country, I find it very interesting that everytime you turn around, something is on the rise regarding cost. If this government were as quick to ensure that SSA / Veterans are assisted to remotely offset some of this increase as they are to jump out and help every other country in the world, we'd probably be in a little better shape. I agree with Joel……..there is no reason why COLA can't be available to SSA / Veterans…..Michael

  29. Disgruntled military says:

    I don't know how inflation (CPI) is zero, or below zero. Every time you turn around prices are increasing. Gas, food, utlities – all those necessaties. Someone needs to explain how prices are rising.

  30. There is a cure for all us past and present miltary. Vote all of the SOBS out of office in nov. and send in a new group and if they don"t work replace them in 4yrs. Soon or later they will get the messages. If you don"t get them out you don"t have a say in what happens to you. So go out and do your thin and let nall of the no good rascals know what you are doing.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Voting Republican is going to solve anything. That's what got us in this mess in the first place. Politicians need to work together and give us veterans the benefits we deserve and stop pointing fingers. America deserves better!

  32. This regime knows exactly what it's doing to retirees. The US Dept of Labor is manned with hand-picked cronies who easily fall into line with the agenda. The cost of living has definately increased, espesially for those on fixed incomes and do not have an abilty to work due to their old age. Keep the old codgers in the need for several years and then "save" them by increasing their benefits…voila, instant government supporters. Retirees have worked hard and long for the benefits that are being diminished by an uncaring government…Perhaps the answer has already been given…vote out all the useless fodder in D.C. and replace them with good grain. Keep doing that until we have a true American government again.

  33. "o" well life is what it is at least we are still here on the right side of the grass

  34. we may or not get a increase but bet your bottom dollar they will include a big raise in there retirement and benifit plan as they do every year. i'd give a 100.buck to find where the normal person and read what they recieve now but try and find it anywhere they have it hidden so we the shafted vet can't see it

  35. GEORGE GRAHAM says:

    GOMER IT IS ALL RIGHT FOR YOU PEOPLE TO GET A RAISE BUT NOT THE VAETERAN AND S.S PEOPLEMY COST OF LIVEING WENT UP

  36. You All Complain, However, until we stand up, each and everyone of us,Vets,retired,SSAN, nothing will never be done, the people that make decision on our life's 80% are very RICH, you can't be elected to any office unless you have money. Every group, tea party, and other have march on Washington. Now it time for the Vets Retired, Active, SSAN

    to STAND UP AND BE COUNTED,with our own march on WASH DC

  37. Don't know where you're living but where I live the gas prices went raging well after GWB left office. Under the Bush administration retirees received cost-of-living increases. Under the current regime…nothing. BTW, gas prices were not generated by any administration, prices were controlled by oil companies and their OPEC network.

  38. I would think it is much better to have low cost of living such as $2.57 gas than get a small raise and pay $4.70 a gallon like we did under W bush.

  39. I would think it is much better to have low cost of living such as $2.57 gas than get a small raise and pay $4.70 a gallon like we did under W bush.

  40. I would think it is much better to have low cost of living such as $2.57 gas than get a small raise and pay $4.70 a gallon like we did under W bush.

  41. Today elected offical are nothing more then Politic, and of course that means that they are shrewdly tactful to fill their pockets with American's Tax Dollars. Our only tool that we have in our mits to combat those individual that are in Politic just to fill their pockets is our vote. So to speak out against an Elected Offical ; VOTE

  42. i understan the cola was set by congress When will our congress look at what the real world is all about and review their numbers , to place a cola into place that will help many people Thank you joe cohen hastings-on-hudson new york

  43. Last year Congress said that there was no Inflation, therefore we the Veterans or SS recipients did not get a COLA and it is frozen for 2 years, NO COLA for any Government Employees, Veterans or SS. Then they went and voted THEMSELVES a 5% Pay Increase for this year, WHY if there was no inflation? WHY, their job is only PART TIME? WHY should they Retire after one (1) Term with FULL PAY and Benefits? REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER! Every Vote counts, I am not saying to vote Republican nor Democrat, vote them ALL out and get some new blood in there that truly does work for us, the American People! I also believe that Term Limits are now in order, especially seeing how these Career Politicians work!

  44. thats beautiful 2 years with out a raise, lets see what they went up in salary in 2 years,,,while were at it lets see how many of them served

  45. rositap62 says:

    I totally agree with my fellow veterans!!! Today as in the past few elections its protect the money bags & corporations and the hell with the vets that made their freedom to be stupid okay. I say its about time that vets who fought to keep this country free take over!! and be elected after all only a war veteran really knows what its all about. We may not all collage but we DO HAVE STREET SMARTS AND THAT MORE THAN I CAN SAY ABOUT CONGRESS. They pass all there pay raises but the HELL with the vets. When they want you to serve even today itsall how good your life will be and I do admit that my ten years was fantastic BUT now that we need their support and HELP they desert us and line their own pockets. I serve during vietnam and my husband is a retired vet with 26 years. BUT they deduct his disability from his retirement. HOW FAREE IS THIS????

  46. The bottom line..Where is our 25% increase in disability pay recommended by Senator Bob Dole. Stope giving our tax dollars to others nations and take care of the few who make our freedom possible. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE..TAKE CARE OF OUR OF OUR VETS… VET

  47. In my opinion it is a waste of time & paper trail! Unproductive, and usless…

  48. Transporter says:

    Everyone speaks so ill of our current President…but i guess when you are on top everyone will have something to say. How about lets say something about the career Congressmen and Women. When will we get it…Congress runs this country. The President is merely a figure head. Yes he has power but much of the decisions that affect our country come from Congress. And that is a big hot mess. I find it hard to understand why these elected officials can't come to a common ground. Are people going to get along all the time-no-but we should be able to reach an agreement.

    I feel like the President is the parent to two ungrateful, loud, spoiled children. These are the kids that we see in the supermarket and we want to smack the hell out of them OR we look at the parent like why don't you get ahold of your kids. That is how we are looking at the President, with angry eyes screaming – get ahold of your children!

    Do I think we need new blood? Yes. But if that blood is only going to destroy some of what Has been accomplished then I will take my chances with what I have. I just want the sides to put down their egos and think about the people that trusted them and their words.

    Okay I am getting off my soapbox now. Combat Transportation Veteran. Nothing Happens Until Something Moves

  49. The government is lying, in a way. Anyone living on $100,000 a year (most of us) or less can tell you the cost of living went up the past 2 years that Disabled Vets and SSI recipients didn't get a COLA increase. However, the government is NOT lying, also. In a way. I'm living strictly on 60% VA disability. In the past 2 years, my cost of living has not gone up — because I haven't received a COLA to increase it. But what that translates to: my Standard of Living has declined. I usually eat just 1 meal a day now, and 2/3rds of my monthly meals are 10for$10 cheapo TV dinners and a roll. Most of the cheap, cook-at-home, survive-on type items in the stores have gone up 10% (or more) in the past 12 months. What decreased in price this year to justify the 'negative inflation rate' congress is declaring? The cost of personal yachts? Lear jets? At 60% VA disability, I'm still getting more than many social security recipients. I have to worry about money every day of my life (is that any way to live?). But I REALLY feel bad for the social security people struggling on even less than I get — just so our rich overlords can play a get-richer-quick numbers game with our economy. Money is a unit of measure, a way of measuring wealth. Money is supposed to be stabile, like all other units of measure. I'm tired of the bull**** numbers game we're all forced to live to benefit the already-wealthiest among us. Rest assured, if there is a heaven and hell, I'll be standing between them and God on their judgement day.

  50. Recession ended last year, 2009, and having to take care of a disabled husband without a job, solely dependent on our VA/Social Security, now 2 years of no COLAs yet food, electricity, gas, and other commodities needed for everyday living have gone up! So the ression is apparently is on US, who are now digging in our penny jars to try to make ends meet……..This includes also home insurance, car insurance, and property taxes/fees, but there is no recession. How stupid are we to believe such BS from our government and what changes were promised to help the lower class was nothing but hoax since we are becoming an even lower class?

  51. I live on less than $57,750/yr, that's including my 100%VA Comp. mine and my wife Social Security. Up untill last year We got COLA raises, I agree with most of our Vets it isn't enough. I depend on the VA for my medical care (SCI). And my wifes ChampVA for care. We are struggling along with the rest of the Nation. Our President took on a Debt left by the Republicans, which is slowly getting better, despite the Republicans stoping every chance they get to move our Country forward. I beleive if all Americans will just hang in and allow the President to do his job that he was voted in to do and vote out (again) the Republicans from taking over both House's of government. Which if they do without a doubt will shut down the operation of Government and that mean NO checks for any of us who are on SS and VA Comp. This is a Scary time of life for all of us since the Great Depression. I'm not preaching I'm just stating reallity. I know I can't afford to not get any checks, or my wife and I are out on the Street, as well as a lot more of us will be. WE have the right to complain but if we see into the future things will get better, but WE must get out and Vote in this upcoming Nov 2nd. against the Tea Party and Republicans from taking over and having more of us deeper in debt, losing our homes, doing without a decent meal, (We are down to one meal a day also) eating fatning food just to fill our gut. It's up to the Vets who are many to bond together and do the right and safe thing, for our survival in the future.

  52. Well that it changing my vote from democrat to something two years in a row is enough we have fought for this country and this is what they do to us what is next. I wonder 21 years for this what a waste.

  53. Anonymous says:

    COLA for everyone is not two years, but three years. Members in Congress recieve there COLA. The GOP has NO for every answer in the Senate and alot of you voted for these CLOWNS, and that is why we are not recieving anything. Like Bertr123 making his comment known telling all veterans he recieves $57750 per year, hell I recieve less than $40000 a year so he also needs to stop complaining.

  54. Haasegust says:

    I looked at our Cost of Living: here it is:

    Waterbill cost & fees went up, Gas for heat price went up, Telefon fees and taxes (Fed & State) went up, Home insurance cost went up for less coverage, Car insurance cost went up for less coverage, groceries prices went up, Gasoline prices are up, Entertainment cannot afford, property taxes up, maintaining home, auto and appliances all went up, clothing and other necessities have all gone up, <><><> I keep all my receipts so I can compare to previous month and years. Everything has gone up, except the retirees COLA. I think I need to run for office so that I can collect a one term income and get it the rest of my life. I wished. I think that being a representative for the people should be a volunteer job, not a career. Term limits are urgently needed and no income for life. Senators no more than 2 terms. House reps no more then 2 terms, if you were a House rep or senator no more then one term in the other capacity, no life time income and subject to Social Security, Fed TX, State TX, etc, set wages to no more then what a active duty LtCol makes, have to enroll in Tricare and pay what retirees have to pay. Perhaps that will cure the insanity.

    Enough is enough and November is almost here.

  55. Anonymous says:

    For Embry54 do you want another 8 years of the Bush problems again. What did the GOP do for you. They recieve there COLA every year. You need to put the blame on the GOP republicans.

  56. Trollzindawoodz says:

    You have said it perfectly…….. but do they hear us ?

  57. Perrysjjm says:

    I love the zero rate of inflation when almost all things people buy have increased in cost. Maybe by averaging in declining values and costs of real estate (not re taxes as they too have risen), is how they conclude no inflation. How come our illustrious Congress keeps giving themselves raises?

  58. Dawgcatcher2 says:

    "Another hoax played on those who served or is it hoodwinked"

    A Vietnam Vet 1966-67.

  59. I thought Marines were of the utmost respectfully trained troops. But to hear this one disrespect the Commander and Chief of this country was a total shock. I know one idiot marine does not speak for all of the good ones I have as friends. Just like all the others that served in the white house, his proper title is President OBAMA.

  60. How in the world did you decide that our debt is "slowly getting better". look at the numbers, do the math it is only getting worse. The only way to reign this habitual debt in is to stop spending. If that meens that I have to give up my 90% Comp and Pen check then I gladly give it up. I served my country and was severely injured because of it. But it was my choice to serve and nobody owes me a thing. Take some responsability and get off the entitlement kick. Nobody owes you a thing either.

  61. Cenla71466 says:

    Please before everyone gets all happy blaming the Republicans just remember the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006 and got a super majority in 2008. So if anyone can remember Civics in high school Congress spends the money, the President can ask for money to be spent but Congress does the voting. The President can veto but that can be overdone by a 2/3 vote of Congress. Now if every Democrat votes yes and every Republican votes no the bill passes ( that's a super majority). If there's anyone to blame it's us for voting the same people back into office. A simple quote: Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and the same way and expecting the result to be different. And that's what we're doing voting the same people back to Congress and expecting them to not mess it up like they did the previous term; duh.

  62. ALFORDFOOTS says:

    My Fellow VETS,RETIREE,ACTIVE WHO ONE DAY,WILL A VET OR RETIREE,,WHEN CAN MAKE ALL THE COMMENTS ON THIS BLOG THAT WE WANT. WHO'S READING THEM, WE ARE, NOT ANYONE THAT MATTER,I.E.CONGRESS, TO GET THEIR ATTENTION, WE HAVE TO FORM MANY VOICES, TO LET OUR CONCERN BE KNOWN WE ARE VERY LARGE IN # UNTIL WE UNITED, WE ARE JUST BLOWING IN THE WIND. AS ALWAYS, IT THE HAVES VS THE HAVE NOT, THE ONES THAT HAVE THE LESS, HAS NO VOICE.

    UNLESS WE UNITED, AND LET OUR CONCERN BE KNOWN TO THOSE IN POWER,MOST WHO HAS NO ABOUT THE MILITARY

  63. As the gentleman has stayed below we are the ones hurting ourselves by voting the same incumbents booms back into office! It's becoming upon us to vote against everyone that's sitting in congress today and put new people in office rather its democrate or republician. Let no repeaters serve again!!!!

  64. I have found the same to be true in my area as well, I don't understand the zero inflation bit.

  65. Kelodking says:

    There are veterans dating back as far as WWII BEING OVER looked BY THE SAME GOVERNMENT THAT PUT US IN HARMS WAY,AND TOLD US WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU. Now it's time for our Government to man up,and back up the promise that was made.

  66. Justwright33 says:

    My husband was AD army killed in Iraq at the age of 21. We had 2 kids ages 3 months and 2 years. I have struggled to raise them by myself on DIC. SOcial security ends when they turn 18. I pay for collage, medical costs not covered by Tricare and Tricare premiums. Not to mentiion dealing with all the psychological issues of growing up without a father. Can you put a price on my husbands life no however, I do no that if my husband lived he would have made more than 1,154.00 a month.
    I wonder if a congressman or presidents wife can support their family 1,154.00 ….

    • Joyce Todd says:

      Please check this out and be sure their Social Security does indeed end at l6. I was in a similar situation you are in and if I'm not mistaken, they got to continue receiving their Social Security if they were in college. This was several years ago and the rules may have changed. Just trying to help. God bless.

  67. Retirement pay increase should be tied to the active duty pay for his/her pay grade not CPI (Con­sumer Price Index).
    pr17

  68. jerk off!!

  69. Hey! I am100% S.C. Spent 2anhalf years in a VA Hospital.Loss of one leg.loss of use of the second.My 100%. Is around 47.000.That's 10.000 less then what you get.Plus Over all I'm rated150%.Cut off,is 100% no more ,no less.And to say the Republicans put us in this mess. Go do your home work.Before you come out here wining. See who really put us here.Seems you have a short memory.Oh just o let you know.Carter & Bush are the two administration. That I had received the largest COLA increase. Right ! The Republicans will shut the government down.Where did you come with that.

  70. It seems we have been sold down the river by our present administration. Looking at the daily cost of living is dismal. What formula is used to compile the information to determine cost of living levels? When congress votes in a pay increase, do they use the same formula? Remember in the late 80's when congress voted in a very large pay increase and the military for 2% or less….

  71. As if the REST of businesses aren't going to raise their prices. We can't get a break!

  72. Turk Leonard says:

    After being on VA disability for 11 years I have grown to realize just how much the cost of living increase really does mean to me. We did not get one last year. Last year the cost of my living went up by at least 30% the price of food alone is enough to take a hundred dollars more a month than in previous years. It is plain to me that the Obama administration has no honor by taking much needed money away from disable veterans only to give it to big corporations. Obama, as a life long democrat I am tired of the democrap you are handing out. I will never vote democrat again if it means the government takes my much needed money.I am waiting for the democraps to vote themselves another payraise while the disabled cant hardly buy food.

  73. It's me again (60% disabled vet). I just wanted to add a couple things. For those interested, I'm surviving [forever alone] on less than $12,000 / year ($976 / month). I know many people getting less than $900 / month as their Social Security Disability, and nothing else. I haven't driven a car in10 years, and my only medical is VA disability-related (as the teeth slowly rot out of my head). My only new clothes are usually Christmas gifts. It doesn't matter if you have $40,000 or $50,000 / year, we're all in the same basic boat and need to stick together. That said… it doesn't matter too much about Democrat vs. Republican, either. They are two sides of the same political coin, bought and paid for (sponsored by) billionaires who use them to control the general population. The entire two-party political system is a divide and conquer tactic being used against us. "Politician" should not be a legal occupation, as the very concept is a criminal conflict of interest. My only positive comment about Dem vs. Rep – at least with a Republican president / congress, we're usually acknowledged and given a COLA each year. And we all thought the Democrats were the ones who gave a damn about the poor and needy of this country? President Clinton couldn't 'feel anyone's pain'. He lied his way out of the trailer park and never looked back, and spent $3,000,000 for his daughter's WEDDING. The cost of his daughter's wedding would have set up 5 or more SSD (social security disability) people FOR LIFE. President Obama, on the other hand, did try to call out the Supreme Court on their decision to breath life into corporations. This past year the Supreme Court gave foreign and domestic corporations our First Amendment Right to appeal to the U.S. government (with money … a.k.a. bribes, which exceeds and basically nullifies the individual citizen's right). But the Supreme Court, which has been in contempt of the Constitution for a LONG time, just laughed at Mr. Obama and did as they pleased. Our entire political process has been corrupted, and will stay that way until "We the People" can pull ourselves together and use our still-existing democratic right to vote ALL 'politicians' out of politics. Our entire system needs a major overhaul, starting with the nominations process and eliminating the two-party divide-and-conquer system we have now.

  74. The Democrats were voted in in November 2006 but did not actually take control until 2007.

  75. Brownphillipr says:

    Should it really suprize anyone after all this will be the second year in a row that they have done this. I mean the cost of living keeps going up and we are getting farther and farther behind in just being able to stay even. But does the government care about those of us on social security or living on Va disabilities the answerto this is a very bib hell no!

    PR Brown

  76. Again veteran's and people who are on SS no cost of living again for the comming year Why I think a cost of living raise for the disabled is not asking to much.So again we are put back on the waiting list.

    Lou

    NH

  77. I'm only 20% on a small pension can't say I'm living in poverty because I'm making $1,000.00 a year more than the poverty limit. Big friggen deal. Prices go up, pay stays the same this year and next year. People in high Gov. always get a raise, we are all puppets of a criminal Gov. that has never changed and will never change. People vote these Idiots in office that give us faulse promises. They lie through their teeth only to get the power and big bucks. That is why I don't vote, there all the same , faulse promises. I've heard people tell me I can't complain because I don't vote, you know what, kiss my —! I,ll complain all I want. I went to the V.A. and complained about all my rotten teeth most broken off at the gums.I'm Diabetic and couldn't eat food unless it was ground up in a blender, I was sick all the time and I was on Antibiotics for 3yrs. because I couldn't get rid of infections. Finally my Dr. had me go see the V.A. dentist, he told me I that he would have me seen by an out patient dentist to have all my teeth removed. He told me the only reason he did that is because I couldn't get rid of my infections. He also told me that I would have to pay for my own Dentures, at a cost to me in the $ 1000.00s of $'s that I can't afford. The Gov. likes to give Billions of $'s to other Countries but they don't want to help the Vets who served overseas. They use us, abuse us, and when we are no longer are a use to them they discard us like we no longer matter to the Human Race! In my opinion this Country has gone to hell with too many Immigrants on the taxpayers income. This whole System is out of control!!!

  78. i am 100% T&P. I sucked up the no cola last year, but now it is beginning to hurt

  79. Ejgeorge2005 says:

    So why would they waste all that time to pass something that dose not have a value in the end,another example of the wasted time they spend doing nothing.

  80. Bullockjudy says:

    Just wanted to know if the VA is doubling the amount in January 2011

  81. Ashauruss says:

    i got a cola increase every year when president Bush was in office and if you recall, we got a large increase in his last year.

  82. Bullockjudy; The answer is no! No raise last year and no raise next year. Our pay will stay the same again till maybe 2012, if we get one then. In 2006 4.2% — 07 3.3% —08— 2.3% — 09– 5.8% The last one was the biggest raise we ever got, and I've been Disabled since 1994. I don't think we will ever see that amount again unless we get a president in office!! As far as I'm concerned, we havn't had a president since Bush! as a matter of fact, he is the one who approved the last 5.8% increase before he left office.

  83. ACRES69HON says:

    We the Vet's are hurting and the government should appropriate more money to compensate us for the disabilities that we have. Trillions are being sent to other countries that don't deserve it and we the vet's are being ignored and sidestepped although we are the guardians of this great nation of ours that we love and protect.

  84. Wrangler122002 says:

    I agree, even though I am in the process of retirement. I have yet to turn in my med records to VA for their evaluation of disability. I have been looking at alot of sites regarding Active Duty Retirement. It does not look good at all, I am 51 and will NOT be able to enjoy retirement. I will have to find a job, with my age may be difficult. In the area where I live, there are alot of visitors, I will say for now, that I know are on welfare who are not U S Citizens.

  85. Shadowmcintyre says:

    On come on. We are just a bunch of entitltment sucking dredges dragging th e Great American economy. I say if we can walk; give us the current war-time death benefit, a barqa (or simular clothing) a one way ticket to what ever terrorist needs destroying, and just for fun four claymore we can detonante when we get close to the assigned cell. That way, we beat the those loser terrorists at their own game and our dear Uncle Sam won't have to pay out any more entitlements!!!

  86. Robertlynch8923 says:

    You can be sure Congress will approve THEIR cost of living expenses and their free medical and health and free retirement funds. And give themselves a raise for the "GREAT" job they do in helping all the people, ESPECIALLY THE VETERANS, that probably voted them in in the first place. This is a sad time in America when we are lied straight to our face and we believe it to be true. You can protest but as long as there are politicians with their own agenda, there will be no change to the system.

  87. Haasegust, I agree with you 1000% on everything you said except one, Nov,,,Then what, more of the SAME, actually, it do not matter,,Rep or Dem, do you hear any of them speaking on these issue, all they are doing is cutting down each other, I don't care what state, they are not talking about our issue, so with that in mind, we have to some kind of way, get their ATTENTION, so As I said before, Vets,Ret, SSAN, it is time to stand up and be counted, we are many in number, and this treatment affect's all of us daily, let take it from this blog, to DC

  88. SEND ALL THE GREEDY POLITICIANS WHO VOTED NO TO A COLA INCREASE FOR THE VETS AND THE SENIORS WHO LIVE OFF THAT MONTHLY STIPEND, OFF TO WAR IN THE MOUNTAINS!!

    VOTE ALL THESE CAREER LEECHES O-U-T- OF OFFICE THIS NOVEMBER AND STRIP THEM ALL OF THEIR TAX-PAYER FUNDED SALARIES AND BENEFITS! THE SPOILED OVER-PAID, UNDER-WORKED CRY-BABIES COULD NOT SURVIVE ON WHAT THEY TELL US TO LIVE ON!!

    OUR VETS AND LOW-INCOME LEGAL, AMERICAN SENIORS NEED A COLA INCREASE NOW, 2 YEARS IS TOO LONG TO GO WITHOUT ONE! IS THIS GREAT, FOR THE PEOPLE, GOVERNMENT GOING TO TELL THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES NOT TO RAISE THEIR PREMIUMS FOR 2011 BECAUSE THERE IS NO COLA RAISE TO OFFSET THE HIGHER RATES??

    HOW DO THESE GREEDY, LEECHES EXPECT PEOPLE TO LIVE WHEN EVEYTHING ELSE GOES UP BUT THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS??

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THESE GREEDY LEECHES WENT TO THE GROCERY STORE AND PAID FOR THEIR OWN GROCERIES OR PAID THEIR OWN UTILITY, CAR AND GAS BILLS??

    VOTE THEM ALL OUT IN NOVEMBER,

    BOTH GREEDY, CROOKED PARTIES!!!

  89. For years, The cola for Nj diabled veterans is ridiculous, It has not met the actual cost for the veterans, Talk about disabled poverty level veterans would be a better term, When wil you congress girls look at us, please help and sign a greater increase, we are tired of just getting by.

  90. the bottom line is once again we get screwed. If I had known 20years ago what I was getting myself into, I would have turned the other way. We put our lives on the line and we get the run around from men and women who would have never thought to do the same, however they benefited from the protection we provided them. Way to go USA! Way to go!!

  91. Sammy Bong class 196 says:

    WE NEED EVERY MILITARY AND SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO UNITE AND VOTE THESE POLITICANS OUT OF THE OFFICE VIA ELECTION OR OTHERWISE MEANS. HOWEVER, SOMEBOADY HAS TO DEVELOP A LIST OF THESE POLITICIANS WHO ARE AGINST ANY COLA INCREASE OR MORE IMPORTANTLY, CHANGE THE WAY THE COLA IS BEING CALCULATED. HOW ABOUT TERMINATING THE CPI INDEX ENTIRELY WHICH IS USED TO DETERMINE THE YEARLY COLA INCREASE AND DESIGN A MORE POSITIVE ONE THAT IS VERY BENEFICIAL TO MILITARY VETERANS AND RETIRESS AND SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS.

  92. Sammy Bong Class 196 says:

    All military veterans and retirees, and social security recipients should unit and vote out these dirty, unmilitaristic, and greedy politicians who voted "no" for COLA incease. However, somebody has to develop a list of who these politicians are so we take action of not voting for them in the upcoming and future elections.

  93. Sammy Bong Class 196 says:

    All military veterans and retirees, and social security recipients should unite and vote out these dirty, unmilitaristic, and greedy politicians who voted "no" for COLA incease. However, somebody has to develop a list of who these politicians are so we take action of not voting for them in the upcoming and future elections.

  94. Mike_s454 says:

    Seems logical that any increase tied to COLA should never be less that the Medicare premium increase.

  95. If they would stop giving foreign governments ( most of which would love to see our nation destroyed ) our money for two years ( and ask "how do ya like me now") and give it to people on SS and Disablied Vets…..well, talk about having an economic stimulus. Semper Fi

  96. Jesustrulyloves says:

    this is such bs, the last positive was in '08 then why didn't we get an increase in '10 for '09 being it was in the negative? who ever came up with this crap anyway?

  97. Boonie Rat says:

    thats how to thank our brothers and sisters who went to war for naught

  98. All utilities and health care premiums go up every year and property taxes up this year also. Why don't we tie those into inflation to so we can get our colas and atleast stay slightly above water. Were so far behind now we will never catch up. Not fair to pick on those who has worked for years to make this a great country only to penialize them when they get older and the veterans too. Thanks alot government.

  99. Wilmare60 says:

    those we have elected are there for themselves too hell with the people that have fought to save their greedy asses , we need to start our own tea party movement and kick the bums out,

  100. The Republicians want to privatize Social Security and tried it under W.

    I'm not taking up for the Dems but at least the Dems shot W down (pun) since he never went up in the Air Guard!!

  101. Daniel Patt says:

    Why aren't Congressmen,and senators tied to the same COLA.

  102. Jimmie W. Sammons says:

    In regards to the COLA for military retirees and SS recipients, did congress take a 0% raise for the next term.

    Jimmie w. Sammons

    Mil. retiree

    SS recipient

  103. Welcome to reality. If, only we could remove everyone in the high end of the Govn't (Pres., Congress/Senate) and put in all new people with term limits. They woould draw salary until term over, no retirement or benefits. They would be on the same health program as all citizens. When this happens, we will have a government for the people of the people. They, Congress/Senate could only serve a total of 12 years combined. I'm like most of you here, I served 24 years AF, now 60% disabled due to Vietnam Agent Orange. Just remember to vote and get all of your family and friends to do so. Best to all.

  104. Walterpapajohnson says:

    You can bet that the politricians will get their raise as they did last year.

    Walter Johnson

  105. Vischque1 says:

    Did anyone know that congress was susposed to be A voulntary posisition? And now it's draining on our country.tell congress no more pay raises put A stop to it! They arn't getting the message.

  106. There should be a raise every year not connected to social Security. WE are raising 2 Grandchildren their school fees go up we have no controld of that. Meny veterans. are living on VA pay Why is our president getting raises when he is Chief Commanderof the Military. We served our country bur are not worth it once we get out. When is this going to change

  107. Beckyboo1016 says:

    SOOOOOOO…….do we really want to keep this man in office. Please remember these kinds of things when it comes time to VOTE.

    • Are you serious? Remember how we got here. It is easy to blame the current admin. because their in control now. This did not just happen it took a number of years for us to get in this mess. Trying to fix messes that were already in place before Pres. Obama took office. Funny how we got there. I am a Ret. vet I'm well aware of all that is wrong in Washington, but there are alot more problems than a cost of living allowance raise. This is not a negative comment, I'm asking you to really take a look a everything that has happened a remember when you point fingers there are fingers pointing back at you…

  108. Marysjohn2000 says:

    I am in agreement with many of the comments posted. We, as a united Veteran community MUST show our appreciation to our congressional representatives by voting. It's a "no brainer", if he/she voted for us and our current brothers/sisters in harms way, then vote for them. If they kicked us to the curb, return the kick. Check their voting record on line, it is a simple thing to do.

  109. i think this h.r. 4667 is a smoke and mirror to help withgetting him for another 4 years really

  110. Jrodriguez82abn says:

    I do not know who the author is, but it makes sense to me and here is HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! **********************************

    Congressional Reform Act of 2010

    1. Term Limits.

    12 years only, one of the possible options below..

    A. Two Six-year Senate terms

    B. Six Two-year House terms

    C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

    2. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when

    they are out of office.

    3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security

    system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,

    and Congress participates with the American people.

    4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans

    do.

    5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay

    will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the

    same health care system as the American people.

    7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American

    people.

    8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective

    1/1/11.

    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.

    Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

    Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers

    envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to

    work.

  111. WHAT HAPPEN TO THE STUDY THAT SENATOR BOB DOLE AND A COMMITTIE CONDUCTED ABOUT VETERANS AND THEIR INCREASE IN PENTSIONS AND DISABILITY RATES. O EXCUSE ME IT WAS A WASTE OF TIME. JUST ANOTHER BIG LIE THAT CONGRESS GOT AWAY WITH. AND ALL THAT MONY THAT THEY SPENT DOING THIS SO CALLED INVESTIGATION WAS A BUNCH OF BULL????. WAIT TILL NOVEMBER 2 MAN HEADS ARE GOING TO ROLL

  112. Helmer Haagenson says:

    Congress and Government workers dont have to worry as they get their Pentsion and Disability rates as they have for over a hundred years.

  113. those who write story's here and call for a list…..
    put it to paper and put a stamp on it. we all agree
    and already know. put your efforts to better means
    and actually try to make a difference instead of
    yelling it out loud here.

  114. HOW ABOUT CONGRESS LINKING THEIR COLA TO SOCIAL SECURITY
    AND RETIRED PAY!! OH YA, DON'T MAKE THEIR COLA AUTOMATIC.

  115. I have no major complaints but have some questions. 'Why is it that each time we draw a negative picture the people in charge in

    Washington are under the auspices of democrats. My point is this: I never voted for GWB-I have no partisan loyalty to any party.

    I realize however, that GWB has provided more for retirees in general and veterans in particular, when he was in power..

    This thoughts haunts me always.

  116. A Crusty Old First S says:

    I would love to know who calculates the annual CPI. We Vets got no raise in 2009, or 2010, and now they're looking at 2011 and say that it doesn't look like we'll get anything then, making it 3 years in a row. Do these people think we are dumb or something? Everytime my wife and I enter the grocery store, either prices have gone up significantly, or the package has become significantly smaller at the same old higher price.

    I suggest that one of Obama's Czars has his finger in the cookie jar and is reporting a much lower than actual CPI, and his boss, signs a bill like this, knowing full well that there will be no increase in payments during the next year, and probably not in the last year of his reign.

    Submitted by:

    A Crusty Old First Sergeant

    With a College Education

  117. navyveteran90 says:

    As a Navy veteran and on VA disability, I don't see how Congress can deny a COLA increase for veterans. After all, it is us veterans who were out there and are still out there fighting for their (Congress) right. I'm betting that more than half of the idiots in Congress have not spent one day in the military. So who are they to deny what we were promised when we signed up to defend their rights. And for this we get nothing.

  118. BM1(ret)Jeff Staples says:

    Soooo…..If I have this correct, prices on everything I buy have remained the same since 2008. This is why it costs me the same amount to feed 3 now as it did 5 then. This is why I have to leave my home of thirteen years to the mortgage company, and start renting again because none of the so-called "bail-out" programs will "fit" my situation. Seems I need a down payment to buy my house from myself. Now being a retired 1st class Boatswain's Mate, I know when someone is blowing smoke up my a**, and this is one of those times. I did not agree with GWB on a lot of things, but I did not vote for our current administration, ( I'm being nice here). Anybody want to place odds on a COLA for 2012? Anyone else find it strange that 2008, was the year this person in the White House was elected?

  119. Ronald Desroches says:

    It is so wrong that the military and social security get no increase but you can bet your life that congress will get theirs and they make more than they need, they want us to cut back but how about those greedy crooks and how about the poor widow who is totaly dependent on social security or a military pension, this is so wrong and greedy on the politicians they only care about themselves.

  120. Arringtondt says:

    i guess the only cola we get is coca-cola :(

  121. Bulldog95826 says:

    Surely no vetern thought this administration was, or is about to, grant us any COLA, That would strain the budget to the point where members of Congress just miught have to take a small cut in their retirement, you know, like $5.00 or so, wow! what a shame. Of course we all know that each of the 500 or so members of the house and congress look forward to the day they get the opportiunity to shoulder arms and march off to war with Nancy leading the charge.

    Bulldog USA (Ret)

  122. Vnv4purphrts says:

    As usual all talk and no action from this President again

    • the president has nothing to do but sign..those that dam people u vote for sentors and congress that u think going change the world

  123. Alva Young Jr says:

    Get out and vote on November 2nd

  124. This is a bunch of crap, and the government knows it.

    Cola is so little when given, that they like to play games

    with us that receive it yearly , sometimes, to make us

    think that it does not qualify for a certain year, and who

    are they kidding. No one does anything about the congress

    people that recieve thousands extra every year, and those

    who put their lives up front to protect America always

    get dumped on with the brown stuff, it is a dam shame.

  125. Gsaddleumup says:

    No cost of living increase again. They said the index was 0 for the second year in a row. I would like to know where they are living.

    come down here and live with us and tell me the cost of living had no increase.

  126. Let me see…. Cost of living hasnt gone up…. hmmm If that is so then why is it that the 100 dollars I spend on groceries every week seems to buy less and less. I'd like to know where congress is getting their data from!!!! They must be falling for the "We've reduced prices on over 5000 items in our store" line. What they dont see is that that same store has increased prices on 10000 other items.

  127. Bwilliam wallacerave says:

    i do not think anyone in congress should get a pay increase,cola increase or anything until the men and women who put their lives on the line get our increase. i would bet that less than 10% of those in congress fought for this country but they benefits for those that did! wmw

  128. November 2 there will be a change….

  129. GOT DAMN SHAME NO INCREASE WHILE IN A RESESSION!!!! GO FIGURE ONLY IN THIS COUNTRY THE ONE I FOUGHT FOR….

  130. its not fair to do for one and not for other veterans congress said 60 daYS they cant make thier minds up unless it benefits them this is a slap in the face to our troops and veterans jimmy the sniper

  131. see im dressed ready for combat i went to army and navy store

  132. I am not sure abour thwe COLA business.. I seem to being in a situation where I spend the same amount for things at the store but they have changes the size of the goods to accomidate the economy. Like a 32oz bottle of coke is now smaller but has the same price. Paper products have strated selling the 1000 X 4 1/2 inch toilet as 1000 by 3 1/2 to accopmidate the a

    economy. Paper towels ate smaller too. Prices on other consumer good continue to go up (GAS oil, Tires,and other necessary items) but my COLA does not appear necessary to raise because of a false idea that the ecomony dosen't warrant it. BS!!! I am 100 % disable and on SS. I am one of the more fortunate ones because I have a reasonably low house payment and only my wife and myself to support. What about the other vets and peop[le the now live on SS only and don't have a job or additional income comming in. This Congress is a farce and the current administration has a total distane for the people of the nation. I gave 28 years of my life in service for this? VOTE them all out. get in people that will really care for and support the fine people of this nation.

    JKH, LDO ret,

  133. Mailclerk99 says:

    no raise again!!!!!! means no christmas for the grand kids again.somebody wake up in waashington. remeber the pen is mightier than the sword.

  134. Since the VA and Social Security have their own rating systems perhaps the Cola should be the same way. I am glad we have The President and Congressional Support on Cola for "Disabled Veterans. Have your heard about The Order of The Silver Rose found on Google. Check it out and maybe Dr. Fornato from Hospital in Texas will be supported on taking care of War Veterans. Mr. Gates should have listen to him instead of the generals.

  135. The HOR has an automatic COLA given to them on JAN 1 each year, that is written into law and which does not need to be voted on. In other words, it is hidden from the public's view. How much is it? Its $5,000 per month which is $60,000 per year! Nice, huh?

  136. Phillip1026 says:

    The only way a politician in Washington will vote for an actual increase is if they were also service connected, otherwise, they could care less if we make a dime. I always try to vote for the less dangerous crook, hoping they will do something good by accident. Not looking good for us, although the dreaming of a good increase was fun.

  137. p. johnson says:

    i am trying to find some info. for my mother who is a navy vet. 1948-1952., as was my father. in 1988 she recieved a letter from the vet. admin. telling the executor of her will that they were sorry for her death and that they would like her last widow benefit check repaid to them, as my father passed in 1976. my mother will turn 81 in a few days and is still going strong. in 22 years she has not got anywhere with vet. admin. proving she is still alive. i just found out about this dilema a few days ago, and looking for some way to help her. p.j.

  138. OBAMA AND CONGRESS IS NOT FIGHTING IN ANY WAR! THEY WILL GET: HOUSE MEMBERS-$4k RAISE & SENATE-$5k, AGAIN. THIS IS AGAINST THE 28TH AMENDMANT. NO RAISE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY OR MILITARY (COLA), NO RAISE FOR THEM. THEY GOT IT THO, LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR, BEFORE THEY ADJORNED. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT US MILITARY. THEY PRETEND, AND YALK THR TALK, BUT JUST TO GET ELECTED. SOME OF US RESERVE AND GUARD GUYS, W PREVIOUS ACTIVE DUTY, HAVE DONE 5 TOURS IN IRAQ N AFGAN LAND, DESTROYING OUR MARRIAGES, CHILDREN RELATIONSHIPS, AND MARRIAGES, AND WE LOST OUR JOBS. THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN!! WHEN WE COME BACK, THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT WE FEEL OR HOW IT AFFECTS OUR LIVES. THEY WILL GET THEIR MONEY AND RAISES, AND LIE TO GET IT. WE SOLDIERS, WE WON'T EVEN GET A COLA, NOR THE SENIORS WITH SOC SEC, THEY JUST HOPE WE ALL DIE OFF, AND GO AWAY, SO THEY WON'T FEEL GUILTY. HELL, THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE A CONSCIENCE!! AGENT ORANGE WAS TO KILL US ALL. WHEN R ALL OF US GOING TO TAKE BACK THIS COUNTRY, BY MILITARY COUP. EVER SEE "4 DAYS N MAY". IT WAS ABOUT GUYS LIKE OBAMA, N CONGRESS LIKE WE HAVE NOW!! THEY R ALL CORRUPT. OUR PRESIDENTS SHOULD BE MILITARY VETERANS, ONLY. DON'T FORGET TO VOTE, IF WE LAST AS A COUNTRY THAT LONG. SEND THEM TO FIGHT IN IRAQ N AFGHAN LAND!! THEN GIVE EM A VA CLAIM, AND SEE HOW WONDERFUL OUR VA BENEFITS EXCELL!! ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. SOLDIERS, WAR, OIL, ITS AGREAT BUSINESS FOR THEM. I BET MOST COULDN'R LOAD A RIFLE, OR USE GPS, OR RELOAD!! ITS A RECKONING!! -GI JOE US ARMY 1969-1994 N COMBAT VET.

  139. retiree

    You folks are wasting your time crying to each other. You need to send your complaints to your senators and congressman telling them to do the right thing or out you go next election. They need to know that there are people that matter in this world other than politicians,doctors and big corporations
    If this does not change, march on Washington.

  140. The Family says:

    Does anyone understand what sort of life it is with PTSD and always on the run from it , and what it does to the family as well, and when life can't go on running and fighting PTSD any more , life ends because ,you can take the Man from the Military but you can't take the Military from the Man . And now it is being announced as if someone has found the For Sure Treatment for the
    solidiers who suffer so long with the fight of PTSD and life ends because the Man gives up the fight to run from PTSD any more . And this isn't being treated as if the Soliders isn't Honored anymore thur War Time, Yes, and now NO not Honored because the Solider gives up the fight for his own life.

  141. WJ Alexander says:

    JOIN YOUR LOCAL TEA PARTY. THROW THE BUMS OUT!!

  142. Thanks for nothing…we should be able to do a reversal role…let Congress and the other big wigs not receive any pay increase or better yet live in this economy that they say have no cost of living incoming on our disability checks, that is 50% – 70%…afterwards let them go back to the table and review their great cost of living views. ….. I bet they will say…HOGWASH!

  143. hay this govermenstink some one help us veterans befor we die

  144. I agree with the Disgraced Widow , I still haven't been able to get the DIC yet and my husband has been gone almost 21 months and he was getting 100% from the VA. Let me tell you getting 610.00 a month for SBP isn't enough to live on and no raises really is a disgrace . Why do they inter twine the SBP,DIC,VA,and Retired pay with Social Security it has nothing to do with any type of military pay we should be part of the pentagons budget not Social Security . He was a vietnam vet with 12 combat bars and being exposed to agent orange repeatly doesn't mean crap to our goverment

    ally792

  145. barracuda says:

    Its amazing how much bs the president feeds us,even more amazing how much we are forced to swallow. Its a wonder more of us dont go balistic,just keep those meds coming before somebody gets wacked.

  146. LT (LDO)RET says:

    AS ILAY HERE IN A HOSPITAL DIEING FROM A SEVERAL DISWASES THAT I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO PICK ON ACTIVE DUTY (PROBABLY IN VIET NAM) I LOOK AT THE AUDACITY WHICH OUR ELECTED OFFFICIALS PAD THEIR POCKETS EACH YEAR AT RHE EXPENCE OF THOSE THAT VETERANS THAT SERVERED ABOVE AND BEYOND, AND ARE NOW SHELLS OF THEIR FORMER BEINGS.. THEN THEY COVER THIS UP WITH THERE WAS NO COLA IN 2010. TELL THAT TO MY WIFE WHO HAS TO WWRITE THE CHECKS BECAUSE OF THE BI-LAQTERAL NEUOPRARTY IN MY HANDS THA PTRCLUDES ME BEING ABLE TO WRITE ANYM0ORE TO PAY THE EVER INCREAQASING COST OS GOODS ON A DAILY BASIS NOT A YEARLY ONE.I WILL SOON AND THE BIGGEST REGRET I HAVE IS THE SITUATION I WILL BE LEAVING HER WITH AND THE MESS SHE WILL INHERIT WITH THE WAY OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE PUTTING HER INTO VERY SOON.

  147. SPANKY 56 says:

    I FOR ONE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPEN TO THE COMMISSION THAT SEN.BOB DOLE AND SOME OTHERS WERE WORKING ON OVER 2 YEARS ABOUT GIVING THE VETERANS INCRESSE IN THEIR PAY. I BET SOMEONE POCKETED A LOT OF MONEY. AND EVERYTHING WAS FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET LIKE VERYTHING ELSE. WHEN IT COMES TO VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILYS. BOB DOLE IS A VETERAN BUT HE DOES NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HIS FAMILY . I JUST WONDER WHAT THEY GOT PAID FOR THEIR LITTLE PANEL THAT DIDN'T DO NOTHING

  148. My president is doing a wonderful job. At least he can stand up for himself. He is not God, and the country is a rainbow of color, Give him some help, not so much talk. Prayer changes things. This world need a lot of prayer, because everybody wants to be a boss.

  149. I hope each and every one of the people in congress and the white house "reap what they sow". I want to see them get back some of the s**t the have thrown at the american people. We have to live with the end results of you people not knowing what you are doing. I have a very low opinion of all of them. As I walk thru the cemetary, I see a lot of young dead people. Young dead soldiers. As I walked, I said George Bush Sr., again, again, and again. I saw yound dead soldiers from George H.W. Bush campaign. These two men have a lot of blood on their hands, and I hope I see them both suffer before they die.

  150. gamecock2008 says:

    iam setting here thinking about my last vote,and was trying to think about one thing the one i voted for has help the vet. and i came to the conclustion none what so ever, her they dont have to vote for there pay raises they automatic get it when they dont vote for it , i wonder if they have been keeping track of what going on in egypt and all they other country. we as tax payers and veteran of the usa should sent thme a msg for them to get there office in order and step down and go back home before they are removed . .

  151. dalepowell6768 says:

    I did and they REFUSED to take a report of the violation. So then I called the Attorney General back, she called the police department and the rest is history. Our City Manager fired the chief August 2nd, 2010.

    Thanks for being a friend! Email me sometime and I will update you on what is going on. Identity theft on the internet is almost impossible to prosecute, but her email to you PROVED who she was!
    My email is: AMERICAHELP1@AOL.COM

    Call me sometime, I would like to talk to my hero sometime: 772-359-8400

  152. fran powell says:

    dale powell is full of crap. he now lives at 827 marsh harbor a short move from 749 st croix cove. he is a liar, a drunk, a thief and a four time child custody loser that still owes 9 years of back child support but somehow manages a tightass scammer wife of his to buy him a 325,000 home in lake charles.

    call this MF up and tell him what you think about deadbeats who live off the government, 772-879-7799 772-359-8400

  153. jim wittel says:

    If you notice how much the DOW has gone upover the past couple of weeks. Keep that thought in mind while it keeps on going up until the last Quarter of theYear then it drops real fast. Why does it drop so that we retirees do not get a pay raise. After that time period it will go back up. Trust me also trust me on the cost of gas for 2012 $5.00 a gallon.
    you voted for theassholles not me

  154. Mr.Teacher says:

    If you want to save more money, have Congress pay into Social Security and Medicare and have them use the same Medical plan we are forced to use. How can they say there is no Cost of Living Adjustment this year when food, clothing, and gas have all gone up significantly?

  155. HERMAN NORRIS says:

    HOW CAN THE INCREASE IN THE BASE RATE FOR SERVICE CONNECTED
    DISABILITY PAY UNDER HR-4667 BE RELATED TO THE ANNUAL COLA, WHEN THE LAW CLEARLY STATES THAT THIS BASE RATE INCREASE IS" NOT A COST OF LIVING INCREASE " (COLA) BUT A OVERDUE INCREASE IN THE MIN PAY TO BRING SERVICE CONNECTED VET COMPENSATION IN LINE WITH THE LOWER MIDDLE CLASS.

  156. This president and all his morons that work for him have their heads up their ***. His dopy wife can spend hundred of thousands on vacations and the dope obama can play golf when the country is in the biggest mess it’s ever been in. He is in so deep over his head. This dope doesen’t even know which way is up!!! The cost of food is making me broke. Between the cost of gas and food alone, who can pay for ins. and school lunch for their kids. This is the worst I have ever seen it, and this ******* of a president is the biggest joke on America that ever was. Hope and change, you morons that voted for him, well hope you are happy for destroying the country you idiots.

  157. I am also disabled from serving our country. It is a shame that congress dosn't even have to take a vote to get a pay raise. it is automatic every year. They do have to vote to not get a raise and who of them do you think will do that? a big fat 0%. And I will bet that Big O will do anything in his power to stick it to the Veterans who have served and are serving.
    Do any of us remember our oath? Where are the Joint chiefs? where are our military leadership? We all took the oath to protect this country and CONSTITUTION from ALL ENEMEY'S forighn and domestic!
    Do not retreat, RELOAD….. Woooyaaa

  158. Well transporter must not know how the new government works? Big O doen't have to go to congress for anything that is alredy law. All he has to do isget his commy friends who are the heads of all the regulatory agency's to do what he wants and they do it,without congress. Wake up people It is about time that we take our oath to this great country seriously and do what we swore we would do….. Don't RETREAT……..RELOAD….WOOOOOYAAAA

  159. Well transporter must not know how the new government works? Big O doesn't have to go to congress for anything that is already law. All he has to do is get his commy friends who are the heads of all the regulatory agency's to do what he wants and they do it,without congress. Wake up people It is about time that we take our oath to this great country serious and do what we swore we would do….. Don't RETREAT……..RELOAD….WOOOOOYAAAA

  160. dale powell says:
  161. Ingrid says:

    He people lets face it they need the money for warfare, don't anybody understand that ????? The big shots cannot pay that out of their own pockets.

  162. I beleave that We The People are the blame for letting this Great Nation go to the dogs ,that we voted for.It’s about time that We take back our Rights and tell the Government We will not support the way they like to run it for their own good.. Come on People We need to stand together and Run this Country and take away Politics, I’m tired of listing to all for the bitching and not doing a thing about it. We all know what to do, just get out there and VOTE, right now that’s all WE do. Vote everyone out and start anew. May we all do the right thing….

  163. Lost benifits vet says:

    Another disappointment from the Law Makers. Everything goes up in cost and our money buys less. Please make it an exception to a fullish interpretation of actual inflation.

  164. i am a disabled vet who just read an article from a pa newspaper about congress and senators in the state of pa are getting a cola raise how in the world is that happening. it was in the butler eagle from the city of butler

  165. Diane Swan says:

    i JUST WANT TO KNOW IF ALABAMA STILL TAKES IN 20 YR. OLDS INTO THE MILITARY INSTEAD OF A PRISON SENTENCE. ALL COMMENTS WELCOMED AT swandiane35@yahoo.com

    • C. Cotton. says:

      In Alabama was not the only state who gave an option of jail or the military they ALL DID. I WISH every a-hole in this country would be FORCED to serve! It would CLEAN UP the streets and straighten out the gang bangers, so the baby mommas wouldent have to feed and house their sorry asses!

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