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Why is the PACT Act important to Veterans?

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This law helps provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

What is the full name of the Act?

The full name of the law is The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.

When did the PACT Act pass?

The PACT Act officially passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday August 2nd, 2022 with a final vote of 86-11. 

What are new locations and dates that are now considered a presumptive exposure to burn pits?

****On or after September 11, 2001, in any of these locations:

  • Afghanistan
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen
  • The airspace above any of these locations

****On or after August 2, 1990, in any of these locations:

  • Bahrain
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • The airspace above any of these locations

Who is eligible for the special one year enrollment period for VA health care?

Veterans who were discharged or released between September 11, 2001 and October 1, 2013 and have not enrolled in VA health care before are eligible to receive care and enroll during the special one year enrollment period. Veterans may get free VA health care for conditions related to service for up to 10 years from the date of the most recent discharge or separation. A Veteran may  enroll at any time during this period and get care but  may owe a copay for some care.

When does the special one year enrollment period for the expanded VA health care begin?

The special enrollment period is starts October 1, 2022 and extends through October 1, 2023.

How do I enroll in the VA Health Care System?

Veterans may call 1-800-698-2411 (TTY:711) or go online to:

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