Wright Abshire, Attorneys, A Professional Corporation
Houston: 713-660-9595
The Woodlands: 936-273-2773
Fayette County: 979-278-4095

Good news might be on the horizon for veterans needing benefits

It seems like there is some good news on the horizon for veterans. A variety of bills are moving through Congress that could significantly help the men and women who fight to keep our country protected. While these bills are a step in the right direction, there is a still a lot of room for improvement for taking care of our veterans.

One of the bills that is going before Congress has to do with what happens to accrued benefits when a veteran dies. As it stands now, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs keeps those accrued benefits if the veteran dies without any qualifying members still living. The new bill would require that those accrued benefits be paid out to the estate of the veteran.

Another bill was passed unanimously by the House. That bill provided veterans with a cost-of-living adjustment to help the benefits keep up with inflation. That COLA is similar to the one Social Security recipients receive, but the process for Social Security COLA is automatic. The VA benefit COLA has to be approved by Congress.

Another bill that was passed by the House recently urges the VA to consider sexual assault in the military as a cause of mental health disorders that is considered service connected. That would allow victims of military sexual assault to receive veteran disability benefits.

If you are a veteran who is disabled and needs to seek benefits, learning about the programs and requirements of each program might help you to decide which programs to apply for. Seeking assistance as you complete the applications might help you to ensure they are properly completed.

Source: The Hill, "House passes cost of living adjustment for veterans' benefits," Cristina Marcos, July 28, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

We Believe in Client Satisfaction Here is what our clients say about our hands-on approach to elder law and estate planning.

  • Thank you for your caring expression of sympathy. But more importantly, I want you to know how much your warmth as human beings has been palpably present in all the social and business intercourse we have experienced with you. Your willingness to allow yourselves to be completely human as you ply your trade adds a dimension to your professional stature which is unparalleled by most of your profession. Please don't change. You stand head and shoulders above the crowd. - L.T
  • Everyone in the firm was extremely cordial, courteous and professional, which made our family feel at ease knowing that our needs would be expertly managed. - R.L.
  • Everyone I came in contact with were kind and helpful. They were so professional as well as personable. I loved them. - J.B.
  • Very helpful in a family time of need. Excellent staff and service. After dealing with the State I have no idea how anyone could take this journey without the law firm's services. - L.N.
  • The firm did all things especially well. I was always impressed by the competent manner in which everyone worked and was confident that it would be "mission accomplished..." – J.T.
  • No detail was overlooked. Everything went very well. We feel so fortunate that your firm is well informed, capable and willing to do so much for us. I can't thank you enough for everything! - N.C.
Learn More
Email Us for a Response

Have a question about elder law in Texas? We can help. Schedule A Consultation Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

"The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form."

Contact Our Texas Elder Law Attorneys Today We have 3 locations to better serve you. Contact our office closest to you.

Bellaire Office
4949 Bissonnet Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

Phone: 713-660-9595
Fax: 713-660-8889
Bellaire Law Office Map

Bellaire Office

The Woodlands Office
3117 College Park Drive, Suite 240
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Phone: 936-273-2773
Fax: 713-660-8889
The Woodlands Law Office Map

The Woodlands Office

Carmine Office
1055 Deer Haven Road
Carmine, TX 78932

Phone: 979-278-4095
Fax: 713-660-8889
Carmine Law Office Map

Carmine Office
Back To Top