113th Congress, second session: Eliminate the COLA Reduction for Military Retirees and Disabled Military Retirees
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is particularly disappointed that the bipartisan budget agreement approved by the House of Representatives (as well as the Senate) in December 2013 included a provision that is particularly troubling for the military and veterans’ community. The provision to reduce the rate of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) by one percent for military retirees who are under the age of 62 is simply unacceptable.
Moreover, the fact that this COLA rate decrease also includes retirement benefits for those service members who are medically retired from military service under Chapter 61 of Title 10 is especially egregious. Too many times Congress has attempted to balance the budget on the backs of military service members, veterans, and their families, and this effort is no different.
As such, Paralyzed Veterans supports H.R. 3789, a bill that would eliminate the reduction for Chapter 61 disabled retires, and H.R. 3790, a bill to repeal the COLA reduction for all military retirees. We hope that the House will move expeditiously to correct this unacceptable decision that is included in the budget agreement.