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May 27, 2022

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee come to an agreement on burn pit PACT for Veterans

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee announced an agreement that increases benefits to Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins. The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 provides Veterans who served near burn pits easier access to health care and benefits. Furthermore, the bill increases efficiency in processing claims, “expands health care eligibility for post-9/11 combat veterans, and adds 23 conditions related to burn pits and other toxic exposures to the VA’s list of service presumptions.” The bill also provides help to Vietnam veterans by adding more locations where Agent Orange exposure is presumed, including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Guam, American Samoa and Johnston Atoll. The next step for the PACT is to pass Congress before heading to  President Biden for signature. The Disabled American’s Veterans President Andy Marshall and comedian Jon Stewart have called on all Congress members to support this legislation.  

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