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Veterans PACT Act

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the PACT Act which adds to the list of health conditions assumed or “presumed” caused by exposure to toxic exposure. The PACT Act will bring these changes:

  • Expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with toxic exposures and Veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War, and post-9/11 eras.
  • Adds 20+ more presumptive conditions for burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic exposures.
  • Adds more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation.
  • Requires VA to provide a toxic exposure screening to every Veteran enrolled in VA health care.
  • Helps us improve research, staff education, and treatment related to toxic exposures.

If you’re a Veteran or survivor, you can file claims now to apply for PACT Act-related benefits. For those who apply by August 9, 2023, you may receive benefits backdated to August 10, 2022. We suggest contacting your local Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) for assistance.

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