The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would increase rates of benefit compensation for veterans with disabilities caused by their military service. Cost-of-living adjustments for veterans' disability benefits must be approved by Congress each year. Another provision based from legislation authored by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), would require the VA to pay any accrued benefits to a deceased veteran's estate. The VA currently pays accrued benefits to a deceased veteran's family members, such as spouses or dependent children. But the VA keeps the benefit payments if the veteran dies without surviving qualifying family members.
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