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2012 Retiree COLA Update

If the inflation trend continues the COLA for 2012 military retiree pay could be quite substantial. This will also mean an increase in VA Compensation and Pension programs as well as social security rates.


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House Moves to Cut Widows Tax

The final mark-up of the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the defense authorization act is a provision to end the “widow’s tax” – otherwise known as the SBP/DIC offset — for 57,000 surviving military spouses.





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Senator Seeks End to SBP Offset – Again

This week, just like he has done for each and every congressional session of the past decade, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced legislation to end the Survivor Benefit Plan Offset.


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Medal of Honor Benefits

Today’s news about the extraordinary heroism of Medal of Honor recipient Army SSG Giunta brings up an interesting question – what benefits and privileges will SSG Giunta get?


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VA COLA Act of 2010 Ready to Sign

Congress passed the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010 last week. But, before anyone rushes off to spend the increase, it is important to note that this will likely have no impact on VA benefits.