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New Law Expands VA Care and Benefits for Toxic-Exposed Veterans

ZEBULON - On August 10, the President signed into law the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022. Notably, the measure extends presumptive status for multiple medical conditions to Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where open-air burn pits were common.

“Under the PACT Act, our Veterans will be able to access VA support for a variety of medical problems they likely suffered because of their exposure to toxic fumes and other environmental hazards while fighting for our country,” Atlanta VA Health Care System Ann Brown said.

The PACT Act is one of the largest health and benefit expansions in American history. It recognizes toxic exposure as a “cost of war” by addressing the full range of issues impacting toxic-exposed Veterans, ensuring generations of Veterans who suffer from toxic exposure-related conditions get the benefits and care they’ve earned. This new law also expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with toxic exposures and Veterans of the Vietnam era, Gulf War era, and Post-9/11 era.

For more information about the PACT Act, visit: www.va.gov/PACT or call 1-800-MyVA411.

Submitted 8.15.22