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Veterans And Military Retirees: Here's Your 2024 Pay Raise

Within the ever-changing scene of military compensation, it is fundamental for veterans and military retirees to stay updated on the continually advancing field of military pay.

The year 2024 holds potential for compensation increments and allowance alterations, which will doubtlessly impact the lives of people who have committed to serving their country.

Military Retirement

Understanding The Pay Raise

Regarding disabled veteran and retiree pay, it's vital to comprehend how pay raises are decided. The yearly Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will influence military retirement pay. COLA guarantees that retirees and disabled veterans (along with other federal beneficiaries) will keep up with swelling inflation rates, empowering them to preserve control.

The COLA For 2024

For 2024, disabled veterans and military retirees can expect a boost of 3.2% to their checks. This means that disabled veterans and retirees will see a discernible increment in their month-to-month pay, making a difference in them keeping up with the rising costs of living.

Whereas 3.2% may seem low compared to the 2022 (5.9%) and 2023 (8.7%) alterations, it's still over the average of 2.6% when looking at the last 20 years as a whole.

Impact On Quality Of Life

The pay raise isn't just about numbers; it's about the quality of life for veterans and military retirees. As inflation continues to rise, there needs to be adjustments to military retiree and veteran pay in order for them to keep up with the cost of living. The hope is that by doing so more people will be able to investigate modern side interests, travel, or appreciate a more comfortable retirement.

Planning For The Future

With this pay raise on the horizon, it's fundamental for veterans and military retirees to plan for the future. It is important to keep in mind that although your pay may be increasing, so is the cost of living. Cautious monetary planning can go a long way in guaranteeing a steady and secure retirement.

Understanding Special Cases

It's important to note that not all military retirees will encounter the same COLA increments. Retirees who entered military service on or after Aug. 1, 1986, and picked for the Career Status Bonus (CSB/Redux retirement plan) will have any COLA increments decreased by a percentage point. In this instance they would see a raise in 2024 of 2.2% (or $22 per $1,000).

Disabled veterans will see their benefit payments go up as well for 2024.

Disabled veterans will also see their benefit payments increase in the upcoming year. VA disability checks will go up about $5.31 per month for those with a 10% rating and $115.90 for those rated at 100% who don't have dependents.

There is also a special rule, known as the "offset rule", which effects military retirees with combined VA disability ratings less than 40% whose injuries were unrelated to combat. If you fall into that category, you can learn more about how your pay may be effected here.

Finally, it is important to note that service members who retire in 2023 will see a slightly different COLA adjustment in 2024, as it is prorated and can also be adjusted for numerous elections they made.

Closing Thoughts

The COLA pay raise given to disabled veterans and military retirees in 2024 is necessary to make sure that they can keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living. While 2024's increase is quite a bit smaller than last years, it is still above the 20-year average.

By remaining educated about the changes and arranging their funds wisely, veterans and retirees can maximize the benefits of this opportunity and do their best to guarantee a secure, prosperous, and comfortable financial future.


Feb 24

I certainly agree that surviving spouses need more funds. I had to return back to work just to make ends meet after my 100 % disabled husband transitioned. When I began receiving a small amount monthly, I called to inquire why so small amount? I was told that I was not the veteran and once he passed that was it!


Dec 23, 2023

Is COLA going to be used for 2024 DIC ?


Dec 06, 2023

Can the DIC benefit for suviving spouses of disabled veterans be investigated ? Unpon the death of the disabled veteran, the surviving spouse loses about 2/3 of her spouse's disability award, plus the social security of one or the other. This reduces the surviving spouse's income by about 75%. I have heard from some who have become homeless, moved to live in their cars, or had to find someone who would give them a room to live in. To extend the disability award would take no new money by congress, just an extension of existing payments until the death of the veteran's surviving spouse.

Dec 24, 2023
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Would it be “additional funding” or just an extension of the funding that exists at the time of the death of the veteran ?

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