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If you've been denied VA benefits resulting from burn pits and other toxic exposures, schedule your Toxic Exposure Screening today!

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:

Brain cancer

Gastrointestinal cancer of any type

Glioblastoma Head cancer of any type

Kidney cancer

Lymphatic cancer of any type

Lymphoma of any type


Neck cancer of any type

Pancreatic cancer

Reproductive cancer of any type

Respiratory (breathing-related) cancer of any type

These illnesses are now presumptive:

Asthma that was diagnosed after service

Chronic bronchitis

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Chronic rhinitis

Chronic sinusitis

Constrictive bronchiolitis or obliterative bronchiolitis


Granulomatous disease

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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