PACT Act Benefits for Veterans and Survivors
What is the PACT Act?
This historic bill ensures 3.5 million veterans of multiple generations who were exposed to burn pits, toxins, and airborne hazards while deployed are provided immediate, lifelong access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and critical benefits, to include benefits and support for their families, caregivers, and survivors. As of August 2022, the VA estimates there are 382,000 potential survivors who may be eligible for PACT Act benefits.
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The PACT Act and Your VA Benefits
The PACT Act:
- 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-plus more presumptive conditions for burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic exposures
- Adds more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation
- Requires the VA to provide a toxic exposure screening to every veteran enrolled in VA health care
- Helps improve research, staff education, and treatment related to toxic exposures
If you are a veteran or survivor who might be eligible for PACT Act-related benefits, file claims and apply for benefits on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.
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