The largest VA benefits expansion in VA history is the PACT Act, short for The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring all Promises to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.
This Act provides expanded veterans disability benefits to qualifying veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxins during their military service.
The PACT Act offers expended benefits to veterans with VA service-related disability claims and their survivors for conditions due to, or as a result of these exposures.
Who Qualifies for PACT Act Expanded VA Benefits?
The PACT Act provides expanded VA benefits for veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and burn pits during their military service during certain known periods of exposure.
These expanded veterans' disability benefits are available to veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and high radiation as part of clean-up crews during the Vietnam era as well as veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins during the Gulf War and Post-9/11 era.
Certain benefits are also available to surviving spouses, children, or parents of qualifying veterans.
What Expanded Veterans Disability Benefits Does the PACT Act Provide?
The PACT Act expands eligibility for those making VA service-related disability claims so that more affected veterans can receive benefits in the following ways:
- It expands eligibility and VA healthcare benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic chemicals during the Vietnam era, Gulf War, and Post-9/11 military service.
- Includes 20 more presumptive cancer and illness conditions for toxic and burn pit exposures.
- Includes additional presumptive-exposure locations for radiation and Agent Orange.
- Requires the VA to provide every veteran enrolled in the VA with a toxic exposure screening.
- Improves research, VA staff training, and treatments associated with service-related toxic exposures.
The PACT Act also provides VA benefits to surviving family members of qualifying veterans including:
- Monthly VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for qualifying spouses, dependent children, or parents.
- One-time accrued benefits payment for surviving spouses, dependent children, or dependent parents.
- Survivor’s Pension for surviving spouses or children of veterans with wartime service.
What Is A Presumptive Condition Due to Toxic Exposure?
A presumptive condition is one that the VA assumes is related to certain military service, enabling that veteran to be approved for their VA service-connected disability claim without having to prove the connection as they usually would.
The PACT Act, means veterans with any of the conditions named under the Act, including all newly added conditions and exposure locations, are eligible for veterans' disability benefits based on the presumption that their condition is connected to their exposure during their military service.
PACT Act Helps Vietnam, Gulf War, and Post-9/11 Veterans
Veterans' disability benefits are available to veterans with conditions presumed to be related to exposure to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxins if they served during Vietnam, Gulf War, or the Post-9/11 eras.
Some VA benefits are also available to the qualifying and surviving spouses, children, as well as parents of these veterans.
The PACT Act significantly increases the eligibility to receive these benefits.
Any exposed veteran who has had VA service-connected disability claims denied in the past should re-apply under the PACT Act or speak to knowledgeable specialists such as those at True Vet Solutions who can help access the benefits they deserve!
If you need help with a VA disability claim, True Vet Solutions can help you get the benefits necessary to increase your quality of life – call (888) 802-1549 for help to get the disability rating and benefits you deserve!