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A 90-year-old, disabled World War II veteran heralded the passage of a 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment for veterans and their families as “great news.”

“It will help put bread on the table,” said Art Klein of Billings, a former prisoner of war.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved the increase, which takes effect in 2012. The bill was called up after the announcement of the Social Security adjustment, which is decided by an automatic formula that Congress does not control. Only when Social Security recipients get a raise can Congress act to give the same increase to veterans.