By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today voted for H.R. 5588, the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2016. The bipartisan bill passed the House unanimously.
H.R. 5588 would increase, as of December 1, 2016, the rate of Wartime Disability Compensation, Compensation for Dependents, Clothing Allowance, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation to a Surviving Spouse, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation to Children by the same percentage as any increase in benefits provided under title II (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act.
Veteran disability compensation programs provide relief from the impaired earning capacity of disabled veterans as the result of their military service. Each year, Congress considers legislation that sets the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) by reference to the Social Security increase.
Rep. Cook said, “Congress has a responsibility to ensure that we take care of our veterans and that their compensation is in line with increases in living expenses, especially when it concerns veterans who sustained injuries defending our freedom.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.