The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is designed to ensure that the purchasing power of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is not eroded by inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Department of Labor determines the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). If there was an increase from the third quarter last year to the third quarter this year, there is a COLA increase.
Writing Programs for Veterans to Help Cope With Trauma For veterans in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area, a new program has sprouted up to assist veterans in working through any trauma they have been through. After 30 years in the Air Force, Jerry Bradley retired as a chief master sergeant. Writing has helped him cope […]
There is no doubt that Civil War veterans suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. The same can be said for those of World War I, World War II, the Korean War and everything in between. However, people never knew it was PTSD back then. Veterans of the Vietnam War were the first group to […]
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is a veterans group that has grown to have a large voice these days. During the government shutdown last fall, it was pushing hard for an end to the impasse so that monthly payments that thousands of veterans depend on would go uninterrupted. It even has been […]
Last Thursday a paper was published online in Current Psychiatric Reports that hopes to shed light on why an astonishing 22 veterans commit suicide each day. The study sought to explain record suicides among soldiers during and after their deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. The comprehensive effort finds an indirect link between deployment, combat and […]
Long before the VA scandal involving the wait times and secret wait lists at the hospitals and clinics, the VA was fighting off Congressional pressure to address the lengthy backlog of claims. This problem was not even with the backlog of appeals, but just the length of time it was taking the VA to […]