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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.
Gulf War era and post-9/11 Veteran eligibility
What burn pit and other toxic exposure conditions are now presumptive?
We’ve added more than 20 burn pit and other toxic exposure presumptive conditions based on the PACT Act. This change expands benefits for Gulf War era and post-9/11 Veterans.
These cancers are now presumptive:
Gastrointestinal cancer of any type
Glioblastoma Head cancer of any type
Lymphatic cancer of any type
Lymphoma of any type
Neck cancer of any type
Reproductive cancer of any type
Respiratory (breathing-related) cancer of any type
These illnesses are now presumptive:
Asthma that was diagnosed after service
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Constrictive bronchiolitis or obliterative bronchiolitis
Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
Pleuritis Pulmonary fibrosis
Vietnam era Veteran eligibility:
What new Agent Orange presumptive conditions will VA add?
Based on the PACT Act, we’ve added 2 new Agent Orange presumptive conditions:
High blood pressure (also called hypertension)
Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)
You may also be eligible for disability compensation based on other Agent Orange presumptive conditions. These conditions include certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, and other illnesses.
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