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Veterans disability benefits not differentiated by state
Dear Sgt. Shaft:
I have been declared 100 percent permanently disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs for almost three years now because of Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. I have been told that disability compensation varies by state. If this is true, how do I find out if I am receiving the proper amount of compensation in the state of Michigan where I live?
Thanks for your help.
Via the Internet
VA compensation is federally funded and administered; the payment rates do not vary by state. Congress authorizes a cost of living adjustment (COLA) every year. This COLA is effective Dec. 1 on an annual basis. The current monthly rate for a 100 percent service-connected disabled veteran with no dependents is $2,527.00. Benefit rates also may be found on the VA Web site, www.vba.va.gov/.
If you need additional assistance, you may reach the VA by calling toll-free 1-800/827-1000.
• Hats off to the president and Congress for much-needed bipartisan action.
Rep. Bob Filner, California Democrat and chairman of the House Committee on Veterans‘ Affairs, announced that H.R. 4986, the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2008, was signed into law by President Bush. The act contains provisions improving the transition from active duty to veterans status and improving Veterans Affairs health care for returning service members, especially those with traumatic brain injury or mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
Among the key provisions to improve care for veterans and their families, the act:
• Improves and expands VA’s ability to care for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury, including research, screening, care coordination, and working with non-VA providers to provide the care needed by our veterans.
• Requires a comprehensive policy to address mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
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