PACT Act Benefits: Expanded Access for Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits
The PACT Act is a comprehensive law that provides vital access to care and support for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. This groundbreaking legislation gives Veterans the resources they need to get the care and benefits they have earned.
The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act is a vital piece of legislation that will bring about significant changes for Veterans.
The PACT Act promises to expand and extend eligibility for VA health care to Veterans who have been exposed to any kind of toxic substances, including those who served in the Vietnam War, Gulf War, or post-9/11 eras. It also adds 20+ more conditions which are presumed caused by exposure to things such as burn pits and Agent Orange. Additionally, it identifies more presumptive-exposure locations related to Agent Orange and radiation. Furthermore, the VA is required under this law to provide a toxic exposure screening to every enrolled Veteran receiving healthcare from them. This act will also make it easier for us improve research, staff education, and treatment related to toxic exposures among these brave service members.
Below is from VA.gov on types of exposure and presumptive conditions.
Types of exposure
If you served in the Republic of Vietnam or in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during the Vietnam Era—or in certain related jobs—you may have had contact with Agent Orange, an herbicide used to clear plants and trees during the war.
Learn about compensation based on Agent Orange exposure
If you worked in certain military jobs, you may have had contact with asbestos (toxic fibers once used in many buildings and products).
Learn about compensation based on asbestos exposure
Birth defects like spina bifida
If you served in the Republic of Vietnam, in Thailand, or in or near the DMZ during the Vietnam Era—and your child has spina bifida or certain other birth defects—your child may be eligible for disability benefits.
Learn about compensation based on birth defects like spina bifida
Burn pits and other specific environmental hazards
If you served in Iraq, Afghanistan, or certain other areas, you may have had contact with toxic chemicals in the air, water, or soil.
Learn about compensation based on burn pits and other specific environmental hazards
Contact with mustard gas or lewisite
If you served at the German bombing of Bari, Italy, in World War II or worked in certain other jobs, you may have had contact with mustard gas.
Learn about compensation based on mustard gas or lewisite exposure
Contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune
If you served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River between August 1953 and December 1987, you may be at risk of certain illnesses believed to be caused by contaminants found in the drinking water during that time.
Learn about compensation based on contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune
Gulf War Illnesses in Southwest Asia
If you served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations, you may be at risk of certain illnesses or other conditions linked to this region.
Learn about compensation based on Gulf War illnesses in Southwest Asia
Gulf War Illnesses in Afghanistan
If you served in Afghanistan, you may be at risk of certain illnesses or other conditions linked to this region.
Learn about compensation based on Gulf War illnesses in Afghanistan
If you were part of warfare testing for Project 112 or Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) from 1962 to 1974, you may be at risk of illnesses believed to be caused by chemical testing.
Learn about compensation based on Project 112/SHAD
If you served in the post-WWII occupation of Hiroshima or Nagasaki, were imprisoned in Japan, worked with or near nuclear weapons testing, or served at a gaseous diffusion plant or in certain other jobs, you may be at risk of illnesses believed to be caused by radiation.
Learn about compensation based on radiation exposure