U.S. Representative Bost

With his wife, Tracy, at his side, U.S. Representative Mike Bost speaks at the Elks Lodge 572 in Murphysboro in November.

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, introduced two bipartisan bills on Monday, the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2017 and the American Heroes COLA Act of 2017, according to a news release from Bost's office.

Both would provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans.

“I am proud to introduce these bills to provide important cost-of-living adjustments to our nation’s veterans and their dependents,” said Bost, who serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. “These measures have received bipartisan support in the past, and I look forward to leading my colleagues to ensure the men and women who have served receive the benefits they have earned.”

The release states that the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2017 would provide a cost-of-living increase for wartime disability compensation, compensation for dependents, clothing allowance, dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses, as well as dependency and indemnity compensation to children paid to our wounded warriors and their families for injuries suffered. This increase would begin Dec. 1.

Social Security beneficiaries’ COLAs are automatic and do not require Congressional authorization each year.

The American Heroes COLA Act of 2017 would authorize the VA secretary to provide automatic annual COLAs to wartime disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, clothing allowance, dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses, as well as dependency and indemnity compensation to children paid to our wounded warriors and their families for injuries suffered without having to seek Congressional approval.

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