Beginning December 1st, vets, along with their families, will be getting more benefits through the Cost of Living Adjustment, otherwise known as COLA. Senator Rockefeller had this to say about the bill in a press release.
He said, "After giving so much for all of us, disabled veterans and their families should never have to worry about medical expenses and other monthly bills. The COLA increase in this bill shows our disabled veterans that we care about their well-being and their families."
It was passed last month by the Senate. Rockefeller has been a longtime champion for veterans. One vet said he's very thankful.
Iraq War veteran Kenny Binegar said, "I'm glad he's trying to get the bill through. I look forward to any more help he can give veterans. I had a buddy that committed suicide the day after he got back, the day after he got back from Iraq. I had to deal with that, but some of the other guys have gotten help. Some of them have waited and are struggling to get help now."
Others said that while it might be tricky to budget this with the current economy, it's vitally important we stick with it and find the funds.
Dr. Ed Jacobs, the WVU Counseling Education Program Coordinator, said, "It's tricky, but there's ways to pay attention. We need to pay attention to that. If we're going to send people to war and then risk their lives, veterans should get more benefits. That should be a higher priority than I think it is sometimes. They need all kinds of benefits. They really do, to transition back from being deployed."
One local man, Matt Snyder, said, "We should spend whatever we need to take care of our veterans. I don't think we do enough for them actually. I think we need to do more."
That's just what this bill plans to do.