VA Northwest Health Network
Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act
The PACT Act is a historic new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This new law empowers VA to provide generations of Veterans – and their survivors – with the care and benefits they have earned.
Key Components of the PACT Act include:
- Expands VA health care eligibility for toxic-exposed Veterans and extends enhanced eligibility for Vietnam era, Gulf War era, and Post-9/11 combat Veterans
- Adds more than 20 burn pit and toxic-exposure-related conditions to VA’s service presumption list
- Improves VA’s decision-making process for determining what medical conditions will be considered for presumptive status
- Every enrolled Veteran will receive an initial toxic exposure screening and a follow-up screening at least every 5 years. Veterans who are not enrolled, but who meet eligibility requirements, will have an opportunity to enroll and receive the screening
- VA health care and claims processors will receive toxic exposure-related education and training
- Requires research studies on mortality of Veterans who served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War, Post-9/11 Veteran health trends, and Veteran cancer rates
- Helps VA build a stronger, more skilled workforce to meet the growing demand for benefits and services
- Authorizes funding for 31 VA new facilities across the country
If you are a Veteran or survivor, you can apply now for PACT Act-related benefits.
For more information about the PACT Act visit https://www.va.gov/resources/the-pact-act-and-your-va-benefits/ or call 1-800-MYVA411.
Additional Documents about the PACT Act and Eligibility:
PACT Act One Page Summary
PACT Act - Understanding Health Care and Eligibility