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August 12, 2022

PACT Act is Signed Into Law

On August 8, President Biden signed into law the PACT Act. This Act increases health care and benefits for veterans, specifically those exposed to “burn pits and other toxic exposures.” Veterans who were exposed to toxins during the Vietnam War, Gulf War, and post 9/11 operations now have expanded eligibility for health care through the VA. Furthermore, the Act adds over 20 presumptive conditions for exposure to burn pits and other toxins; it also adds additional “presumptive-exposure locations” for Agent Orange, including Thailand and Laos. The list of presumptive conditions and locations are found at a section of the VA’s website dedicated to distributing PACT Act information. This Act will also  enable the VA to conduct thorough research and determine additional treatments for burn pit toxins.  Veterans who fall under this Act can now file a claim with the VA, and the VA will communicate each step with the veteran to ensure they receive benefits they have earned.  

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