The U.S. Senate approved the PACT Act, a bill that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to toxic substances such as burn pits. This new law delivers generations of Veterans the health care and benefits they deserve to improve their quality of life.
The PACT Act will no longer require veterans to prove that toxic exposure caused their illness to get disability benefits. It is the most significant care expansion in VA history and is expected to provide veterans $280 billion over a decade.
What the PACT Act will bring:
▪️ Eligibility for VA health care expands for veterans exposed to toxins, including Vietnam, Gulf War, and post-9/11 Veterans
▪️ 20 new presumptive conditions added for burn pits and other toxic exposures
▪️ More presumptive-exposure locations added for Agent Orange and radiation
▪️ Every Veteran enrolled in VA health care will receive a toxic exposure screening
▪️ Improvements in research, staff education, and treatment related to toxic exposure
You can file claims for PACT Act-related benefits. If you aren’t sure you are eligible, give us a call…
Gulf War and post-9/11 Veterans
What are the new presumptive conditions under burn pit and toxic exposure?
The VA has added over 20 presumptive conditions based on the PACT Act, expanding benefits for Gulf War and post-9/11 Veterans.
How do I know if I have presumptive exposure if I’m diagnosed with one of these conditions?
The VA determines if you have presumptive exposure if you served in any of these locations and eras.
What are the new presumptive conditions under Agent Orange?
The VA has added two new Agent Orange presumptive conditions.
- High blood pressure / Hypertension
- Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance
What are the new presumptive locations under Agent Orange?
The VA has added five new Agent Orange presumptive locations.
- Any U.S. or Royal Thai military base in Thailand from January 9, 1962, through June 30, 1976
- Laos from December 1, 1965, through September 30, 1969
- Cambodia at Mimot or Krek, Kampong Cham Province from April 16, 1969, through April 30, 1969
- Guam or American Samoa or in the territorial waters off of Guam or American Samoa from January 9, 1962, through July 30, 1980
- Johnston Atoll or on a ship that called at Johnston Atoll from January 1, 1972, through September 30, 1977
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