Biden Touts PACT Act Benefits for Veterans in Nashua Visit

President Joe Biden visited New Hampshire to highlight the significant impact of the PACT Act on veterans’ health benefits. The PACT Act, signed into law two years ago, expands healthcare services for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. During his visit, Biden emphasized the sacred obligation to care for those who serve and their families. Here’s a comprehensive look at the PACT Act and its impact:

Expanding Health Benefits for Veterans

The PACT Act (Presumptive Benefits for Toxic Exposure) addresses the health needs of veterans who faced exposure to hazardous substances during their military service. It introduces more than 20 “presumptive” conditions, allowing veterans to receive benefits without having to prove that their health conditions directly resulted from exposure. These conditions include illnesses related to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic agents.

Veterans health care

Benefits and Eligibility

While the PACT Act provides crucial support, eligibility can be complex. Not all veterans meet the qualifying criteria, but those who do can apply for benefits. As of this week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has received 5,486 claims from New Hampshire veterans and granted approximately 3,305 of them. Nationally, the VA has approved about 75% of claims received.

Local Information and Support

The VA offers an interactive dashboard with information on available benefits, application procedures, and local informational sessions. Veterans or their family members can also inquire about PACT Act benefits by calling 800-698-2411.

President Biden’s commitment to veterans’ well-being remains unwavering. The PACT Act represents a significant step toward ensuring that veterans receive the care they deserve. As we honor their sacrifices, let us continue to support and advocate for those who have served our nation.


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