US Service member disposes of old uniforms at a burn pit to ensure they cannot be used by opposing forces.
Press Release Compiled by Lee Burnett
A new law makes it easier for veterans to obtain disability benefits for toxic exposures during the Vietnam war, the Gulf War and post 9/11 conflicts. For many health conditions, a service member must prove their service caused their condition. Proof is no longer required as long as the ailment meets a “presumptive condition” spelled out in law. The so-called PACT Act adds to the list of health conditions presumed to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange, burn pits and other toxic substances. This law helps provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned. Although veterans can apply for new PACT Act benefits at any time, veterans who apply or who submit their “Intent to File” by August 9th, can receive retroactive benefits backdated to August 10, 2022 – the day that President Biden signed the PACT Act into law.
For more information, please visit the PACT Act information page. Here