VA Disability, Benefits Checks to Increase 1.5 Percent

Photo courtesy of VA.gov

Photo courtesy of VA.gov

Veterans, their dependents and survivors will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their disability and benefits compensation checks starting Jan. 1, 2014 according to a release from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We’re pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki stated in a news release. “The increase expresses in a tangible way our Nation’s gratitude for the sacrifices made by our service-disabled and wartime Veterans.”

In fiscal year 2013, VA provided over $59 billion in compensation benefits to nearly 4 million Veterans and survivors, and over $5 billion in pension benefits to more than 515,000 Veterans and survivors.

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Softball Games to Benefit Adaptive Sports for Vets and Kids

Al Lang Field, St. Petersburg, FL. Photo courtesy of StPete.org

Al Lang Field, St. Petersburg, FL. Photo courtesy of StPete.org

Are you ready for some softball?

A Softball Exhibition featuring athletes of all talent levels is planned as part of the First Annual Wounded Warrior Games scheduled Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st St SE, St Petersburg, FL. The gates open at noon.

Game one will feature VETSports  against a team from St. Pete Fire and Rescue. Game two will pits VETSports players versus the St. Pete Police Department team. Game three will conclude the series with alumni from Major League Baseball and local Tampa Bay Rays players taking on the VETSports team.

VetSports and St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue/St. Petersburg Police are hosting the event to raise awareness and provide support for returning wounded warriors. The Kiwanis Miracle League which provides special needs children with adaptive sports equipment and facilities for the children in their program is partnering with VETSports. Funds generated from this event will provide a greater outreach in the community for adaptive sports through VETSports and the Kiwanis Miracle League.

In addition to the three softball games, there will be a silent auction, a raffle, entertainment and appearances by local mascots such as SPARKY the fire dog and Raymond from the Tampa Bay Rays. The St. Petersburg fire fighters and Police departments K-9 units will demonstrate their skills.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for military and children 14 and younger are free. You can contact Brian_Taylor@vetsport.org for information on tickets and VETSports, a non-profit organization.

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