- posted: Aug. 09, 2022
Finally! The PACT Act passed in the US Senate for the second time on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Once President Biden signs the bill into law, the PACT Act will become the largest ever expansion of VA disability benefits and health services. Did you catch that? The largest EVER!
What does this mean for disabled veterans? If you are a 9-11 era veteran who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Uzbekistan, Yemen, or certain other jurisdictions, VA will now presume you were exposed to burn pits. Therefore, if you suffer from certain head, lymphatic, or reproductive cancers, and/or from chronic asthma, bronchitis, rhinitis (that’s the common cold), sinusitis, COPD, emphysema, asthma, or certain other conditions, these can now be presumptively service connected. This means the path to paying you benefits just got shorter.
The PACT Act also similarly benefits Gulf War era veterans who served in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, and neighboring countries.
The PACT Act also expands the list of Vietnam-service presumptive disorders to include now hypertension.
Please reach out directly to our team at Nixon Disability Law to learn how the PACT Act might benefit you.
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