Starting in 2022, military retirees and disabled vets are due to get the largest increase in their monthly checks since 1983.
Many will see their monthly checks jump by hundreds of dollars.
The COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) will soon be determined by the government, and all the data is pointing to an increase of at least 6% compared to 2021.
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What does that mean for you?
If you’re a retiree, on average you can expect to see your monthly retirement check increase by around $160. For veterans getting disability compensation from the VA, your monthly check will go up by nearly $100 per month.
According to the Defense Department, there are around 1.87 million military retirees, with an annual average retirement payment of $30,265. The VA says nearly 5.1 million veterans receive disability compensation, with an annual benefit of $18,549.
The annual COLA increase is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is measured by the Department of Labor. That agency measures the costs of a select group of goods and services and compares those costs to the previous year. If there is an increase, retirees and many others receiving government benefits see an increase in their monthly payments for the upcoming year. If those costs go down, the government payments will remain the same in the upcoming year.Military.com
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The reason next year’s checks are slated to go up so much is because throughout 2021 the cost for most goods and services has rapidly increased.
In 2021 military retirees and disabled vets saw an increase of only 1.3% in their monthly checks. So this coming year’s increase will be quite hefty in comparison.
The official COLA for next year will be announced in October by the government.
Shirley Schultz says
Does this apply to a widow of a deceased military
Sandra L. Hamilton says
Does this increase apply to spouses of deceased veterans who were 100% disabled before they passed.?
If you get a check, it will increase.
Debi Brown says
Does this pay raise cover widows of deceased 100% Military Related
Joyce mckinley says
Will the deceased of the veteran get the increase? We need it as much if not more than the others died
Laurie whitman says
I’m a 61year old us navy reserve Corp retired have been trying for over a year to get retirement pay
paper work I’ve contacted several reps and even fort Custer reserve center Battle Creek no help everyone off due to covid any advice
Joel Kouyoumjian says
You’ll need to apply directly through BUPERS/PERS-912. They don’t make it easy for you to apply; you’ve got to work for it. If you were Navy Reserve, you should’ve started the process a year before your 60th birthday, but better late than never. Check out this page: https://www.navyreserve.navy.mil/News/Article-View-News/Article/2226271/reserve-retirement/
Hope that helps.
Go to the American Legeon! They will help you with your pay issue. After all, you’ve earned it.
Try the American Legion they offer help.
Hi I’m been receiving email from you, tell me I can get help I don’t understand I was Deny benefit from you over a year ago my husband never paid child support to me for my 4 children I’ am now on disability no one has help me , we are not together he abandoned me and my kids over 20 years ago if I am entitled to help I really need it now Thank you.
CAN YOU CALL ME AT 4596543 GORDON
NEED HELP ON RENTAL I ONLY MAKE 965 A MONTH WHICH IS WAY LESS THIS WAY LOWER THAN MINIMUM WAGE MINUMAL WAGE IT IS BEST IF YOU CALL ME OR LEAVE YOUR NUMBR IM NOT GOOD ON THE CUMPUTER. 459 6543 GORDON
Does the pay raise include a VA pension for Non-service connected Disability?
If you receive a monthly check, you will receive the increase,
Elizabeth Liggon-Redding says
My Husband was murdered because the doctors and hospital were not getting paid to take care of him because he was a 100% P&T rated disabled Vietnam Veteran. They harassed me everyday to pull the plug and when I refused they pulled it. I am devastated about what was allowed to happen to him! His name is Tyrone N. Redding. He was in St Lukes in Pennsylvania. Now 3 months going on 4 they are asking me stupid ridiculous questions tying up my claim. I believe if he was white he would still be alive!
Elizabeth Liggon-Redding says
You better have someone watch your Six in these Hospitals
Diane Keniston says
My late husband was 100% Disabled & died from Combat Related Causes. He had back surgery that was successful but they gave him Fentanyl gel strips for pain knowing he had been sent to VA rehab in Lebanon PA! He should have NEVER been prescribed Fentanyl! It was one of the first things listed on his death certificate along with Agent Orange & enlarged heart.
I receive VA widows pension but someone should be accountable for his death. Vets & spouses were treated like cattle back then. He died 2002.
Military has no color or culture boundaries! STOP listening to the fake news and the CRT! This is the United States of America!!
I hate to say this, but despite the fact that John Morgan is a flaming liberal, contact the legal firm of Morgan and Morgan. Largest personal injury law firm in the US, and very good at what they do.
I need a lawyer! I bought this house through VA and I got scam! Help! I’m suffering a lot! Do not use Veteran United, they promote scams! Help!
You didn’t buy your home through the VA.
The finance company applied for the GI Bill mortgage funding. Which you earned and you had to submit your DD-214. If you got scammed. It was the realtor, not the VA. Look into a refinance to lower interest rate. The interest rates are in the two’s or threes. Take note, VA loans has a slightly higher interest rates over conventional loans due to there is zero cash up front. Use USAA or credit union.
Get a lawyer. Doctors, even VA doctors can be sued. Get a lawyer and you may also be entitled to a Vietnam Era veterans widows pension. You need to go to the VA or find a rep to apply, no one will help/reach out to you to apply or get it.
Since about 1980 no one can sue military or 1985 cooperative Heath physicians for what peoples think is malpractice issues.
Diane Keniston says
I already see my comment above (3 comments above). Is there an Attorney who can help me? I’ve tried for several years with no real results.
Aldo willed says
/“I’m 10 percent disabled, Vietnam time10, 03/17/1963 to 03/18/1965, with military service in Germany, now I’m completely disabled in my right hand that was injured while I was doing service in Augsburg, I want to know why I hv been getting 10% and every body that is disabled from that time gets 30 or 40%??? Do I hv to get s lawyer to get an increase? Or because I’m a Mexican with a visa and no citizen I’m the time that I came to be disabled, I’m retired and hardly can make a living, 82 yrs old born 06/30/1939,
Re-apply for disability benefits review. Any veteran with documented service disability can receive increased percentage rating.
Go to your local DAV.
She’s right you have to do the work yourself call navy personal and they will help you get it done right oh you will need to fill out DD 256 bank information and retired paperwork. You can do it.always remember you have to do it a year before you retire so when its time at 60 its on point your money is in the bank
So call them.
10% seems to go from 144 to 152. It helps
every county has a Veterans service officer, start there
Clenton Blake says
My sleep apnea claim has been remanded back twice to the VA from the Board of Veteran’s Appeals. What should I do? Does anyone have any suggestions? Please text me and leave a number and I will get back to you. CELL# 509-599-9045. I will appreciate any suggestions or help!
Betty Butler says
My brother served on two enlistments with a break between them. He has been denied VA benefits, but believes his condition was caused by Agent Orange testing. The time frame seems right based on what I’ve read about it. Can anyone give me information about that?
Betty Butler says
My brother said that he had been told by military officials that the CIA would “get” him if he pursued his claim about Agent orange testing. Can that be true???
I was getting medical benefits for a fractured neck while on active duty in the USAF. My last C and P evaluation the medical person stop the testing because I could not move my neck as far as she wanted (because of Pain). I informed her of this and she halted the test and told me to leave. I received a reclassification that I was completely healed and lost my medical compensation for the still existing injury. The lady evaluator made false statements on what type of testing she did. I’m afraid if I fight this they will take more medical benefits away from me. My neck will always be an on-going issue with pain and stiffness.
Stephen Diedrichson says
I just got approved for 10% I was told to contact my VA REP.to get a appointment for hearing aid as my disability is hearing lost and tenisist, I’m also totally disabled for my back , can’t walk and want to get rated for it, service connected.
And those @$$holes in congress will decide it’s too much, and if we get 1.5%, I’ll be surprised. But you can be assured that they will take care of themselves.
Steve Lindsey says
I’ve had sleep apnea all of my adult life including 26 years on active duty in Air Force. I never sought treatment while in the Air Force so it is not recorded. Is it worth reporting to the VA Hospital and seek disability rating if the sleep apnea is not in my service medical records? Thanks in advance.