Most military retirees and eligible beneficiaries will receive a 2.8-percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) on Jan. 1. This would include survivors of service members who died on active or inactive duty, and retirees’ survivors who take part in the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). Recipients of VA pensions and benefits also will see their pay increase by 2.8 percent.
Also beginning next year, survivors who qualify for the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) will see their payments rise by 2.8 percent, with a maximum payable amount of $318.
Some retirees who retired in 2018 and all who retired under the REDUX system will see a slightly different COLA. The COLA increase is based upon the Consumer Price Index, a measurement of the difference in costs of goods and services that the Bureau of Labor Statistics generates.
For a complete list of COLA payments, and who would be entitled to them, visit https://militarypay.defense.gov/Pay/Retirement/Cola.aspx.