Military retirees and survivors will receive 2.8 % cost of living increase in their retired pay starting in January — the biggest increase since 2012, said Air Force Maj, Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokeswoman.
Survivors who are eligible for the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance will also see a 2.8% increase in payments starting in January, with a maximum payment of $318, according to the Pentagon.
“This is the first year – ever – the SSIA has been increased at the rate of inflation,” Gleason told Task & Purpose on Tuesday. “It was written into the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act], so now every year SSIA will increase at the rate of the retirement increase.”
The cost of living adjustment is pegged to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. In October, Social Security also announced a 2.8 % increase in benefits.
Military retirees who retired under the REDUX system in 2018 will receive a different adjustment.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 40-foot-tall (12 meters) cross-shaped war memorial standing on public land in Maryland does not constitute government endorsement of religion, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that leaves unanswered questions about the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.
The justices were divided on many of the legal issues but the vote was 7-2 to overturn a lower court ruling that had declared the so-called Peace Cross in Bladensburg unconstitutional in a legal challenge mounted by the American Humanist Association, a group that advocates for secular governance. The concrete cross was erected in 1925 as a memorial to troops killed in World War One.
The ruling made it clear that a long-standing monument in the shape of a Christian cross on public land was permissible but the justices were divided over whether other types of religious displays and symbols on government property would be allowed. Those issues are likely to come before the court in future cases.