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PACT Act passes Congress

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The bill passed Congress yesterday and the president is expected to sign it.

Millions of vets suffering from burn pit, toxic injuries set for more benefits after Congress passes PACT Act

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/burn-pits/2022/08/02/millions-of-vets-suffering-from-burn-pit-toxic-injuries-set-for-more-benefits-after-congress-passes-pact-act

Details of the PACT Act: https://www.va.gov/resources/the-pact-act-and-your-va-benefits

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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 more than 20 new presumptive conditions for burn pits 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.

For Vietnam era veterans, it adds two new presumptive conditions:
 

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- High blood pressure (also called hypertension)

- Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)

The act also added additional presumptive locations for AO and radiation vets.

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So happy to see this pass. Here's a video from June 2022 explaining the PACT Act by CCK Law

 

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