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Volume XXIV  Issue VII                                              THE POST                                     June 26th, 2024

Service Officer’s Post for June/July 2024


The PACT Act and your VA benefits

The PACT Act is a law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve. And starting March 5, 2024, we’re expanding VA health care to millions of Veterans—years earlier than called for by the PACT Act. 

This page will help answer your questions about what the PACT Act means for you or your loved ones. You can also call us at 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711). And you can file a claim for PACT Act-related disability compensation or apply for VA health care now.

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What’s the PACT Act and how will it affect my VA benefits and care?What does it mean to have a presumptive condition for toxic exposure?Am I eligible for VA health care under the PACT Act?Gulf War era and post-9/11 Veteran eligibilityVietnam era Veteran eligibilityGetting benefitsToxic exposure screeningsInformation for survivors

What’s the PACT Act and how will it affect my VA benefits and care?

The PACT Act is perhaps the largest health care and benefit expansion in VA history. The full name of the law is The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.

The PACT Act will bring these changes:

  • 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+ more presumptive conditions for burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic exposures

  • Adds more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation

  • Requires VA to provide a toxic exposure screening to every Veteran enrolled in VA health care

  • Helps us improve research, staff education, and treatment related to toxic exposures

If you’re a Veteran or survivor, you can file claims now to apply for PACT Act-related benefits.

What does it mean to have a presumptive condition for toxic exposure?

To get a VA disability rating, your disability must connect to your military service. For many health conditions, you need to prove that your service caused your condition. 

But for some conditions, we automatically assume (or “presume”) that your service caused your condition. We call these “presumptive conditions.”

We consider a condition presumptive when it's established by law or regulation.

If you have a presumptive condition, you don’t need to prove that your service caused the condition. You only need to meet the service requirements for the presumption.

Am I eligible for VA health care under the PACT Act?

You’re eligible to enroll now—without needing to apply for disability benefits first—if you meet the basic service and discharge requirements and any of these descriptions are true for you:

  • You served in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, or any other combat zone after 9/11, or

  • You deployed in support of the Global War on Terror, or

  • You were exposed to toxins or other hazards during military service at home or abroad

Specific toxins and hazards include burn pits, sand and dust, particulates, oil well or sulfur fires, chemicals, radiation, warfare agents, depleted uranium, herbicides, and other occupational hazards. Find more military exposure categories on our Public Health website

Note: Even if none of these descriptions are true for you, you may still be eligible for VA health care based on your service. Check the full health care eligibility requirements

(To Be Continued Next Month)

 

 




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Sick Call for the Months of June/July 2024

Dr. Bill Jones, Sal Estrada, Robert Lewis, Stan Kuchta, Barry Boesch, Anthony Isadore, Rich Olund, Tom Chambers, Roger Krzyzowski, Joe Wolf, Bob Hoyt.

 

 

Birthdays for the Month of June (15)

Thomas Russell (01), James Lamoureux (05), Edward Raftery (06), Barry Boesch (07), Robert Hinton (10), David Dahlstrom (13), Thurman Foreman (14), Clarence Brouwers (15), Francis Conrad (15), Robert Baker (17), Roger Takac (21), Roger Schneider (24), Gary Skoczylas (25), Robert Ballard (28), and Lee Calzavara (29).

 

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