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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Veterans' Benefits: The Impact of Military Discharges on Basic Eligibility

Veterans' Benefits: The Impact of Military Discharges on Basic Eligibility

Date: March 6, 2015
Creator: Moulta-Ali, Umar & Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report discusses the discharge or separation requirement for veteran status or, more specifically, how the VA assesses character of service to determine whether a former servicemember's separation from the military can be considered other than dishonorable.
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Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Date: February 13, 2015
Creator: Moulta-Ali, Umar & Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report describes several pension benefit programs for veterans and their families, including the eligibility criteria and current benefit levels, and provides data on the number of pension beneficiaries and average annual benefit amounts for FY1999 through FY2013.
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Traditional and Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs): A Primer

Traditional and Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs): A Primer

Date: February 12, 2015
Creator: Topoleski, John J.
Description: This report describes the primary features of two common retirement savings accounts that are available to individuals. Although the accounts have many features in common, they differ in some very important aspects. Both traditional and Roth IRAs offer tax incentives to encourage individuals to save for retirement.
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Worker Participation in Employer-Sponsored Pensions: A Fact Sheet

Worker Participation in Employer-Sponsored Pensions: A Fact Sheet

Date: February 2, 2015
Creator: Topoleski, John J.
Description: This fact sheet provides data on the percentage of American workers who have access to and who participate in employer-sponsored pension plans. The information is from the National Compensation Survey (NCS), which is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The NCS provides data on occupational earnings and the availability of employee benefits among U.S. workers.
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Congressional Salaries and Allowances: In Brief

Congressional Salaries and Allowances: In Brief

Date: December 30, 2014
Creator: Brudnick, Ida A.
Description: This report provides basic information on congressional salaries and allowances and recent developments. First, the report briefly summarizes the current salary of Members of Congress; limits or prohibitions on their outside earned income, honoraria, and tax deductions; options for life and health insurance; and retirement benefits. Second, the report provides information on allowances available to Representatives and Senators to support them in their official and representational duties.
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Social Security: Cost-of-Living Adjustments

Social Security: Cost-of-Living Adjustments

Date: October 29, 2014
Creator: Sidor, Gary
Description: To compensate for the effects of inflation, Social Security recipients usually receive an annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Benefits will be increased by 1.7% in 2015, following an increase of 1.5% in 2014. This report discusses how the COLA is determined.
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Multiemployer Defined Benefit (DB) Pension Plans: A Primer and Analysis of Policy Options

Multiemployer Defined Benefit (DB) Pension Plans: A Primer and Analysis of Policy Options

Date: October 7, 2014
Creator: Topoleski, John J.
Description: This report discusses the nature of multiemployer defined benefit (DB) pension plans, and issues regarding their financial solvency.
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Veterans' Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Duty to Assist Claimants

Veterans' Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Duty to Assist Claimants

Date: September 26, 2014
Creator: Shedd, Daniel T.
Description: This report analyzes court decisions that have examined the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) obligation to assist veterans during the claims process.
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The Effect of Firm Bankruptcy on Retiree Benefits, with Applications to the Automotive and Coal Industries

The Effect of Firm Bankruptcy on Retiree Benefits, with Applications to the Automotive and Coal Industries

Date: September 22, 2014
Creator: Rapaport, Carol
Description: This report begins with a discussion of whether bankrupt firms can invalidate previous commitments covering retiree pensions and health insurance. The report next discusses the specific protections accorded to retiree pensions and health insurance benefits. Certain types of pensions are guaranteed by a quasi-public agency, while no such guarantee exists for retiree health insurance. The report concludes with brief case studies of the bankruptcies of Old GM, Delphi, and Patriot.
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Military Retirement: Background and Recent Developments

Military Retirement: Background and Recent Developments

Date: May 28, 2014
Creator: Burrelli, David F. & Salazar Torreon, Barbara
Description: This report discusses the noncontributory military retirement system which includes monthly compensation and benefits after an active or reserve military career, disability retirement for those physically unfit to continue to serve, and survivor benefits for the eligible survivors of deceased retirees.
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