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Following the example set by the Social Security Administration, the US Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented a 2% cost of living adjustment ("COLA") for 2018 for service connected disability benefits. Under this change, monthly payments for a veteran without dependents rated at 100% will be $2,973.86. Changes for all rating levels can be viewed at this link. Although the 2018 COLA was published in the Federal Register on February 18, the rate changes are effective December 1, 2017.
There is no denying that the VA appeals process is in need of reform. As of 2016, veterans wait, on average, four and a half years for their first decision from the Board of Veteran Appeals.
In an attempt to mitigate these wait times Congress recently passed the Appeals Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA). VA is currently working on the regulatory framework, and the full implementation of the law will not happen until 2019 at the earliest, though certain appellants are already being allowed to opt in to this system through the Rapid Appeals Modernization Process or RAMP.