With the passage of the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, local VA officials are hosting an event for Veterans to get information on the new law and access to benefits.
The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center and Regional Office will hold a PACT Act Benefits Open House on Saturday, December 10th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be in the auditorium at Dole VAMC (5500 E. Kellogg).
Veterans will be able to enroll for health care, file initial or supplemental disability claims, and learn about other benefits available through the new law. Veterans already enrolled for VA health care will also be able to receive their initial toxic exposure screening.
Those interested in attending the event are asked to indicate the services they may require at the PACT Act Benefits Open House online announcement.
If a Veteran applied for VA health care in the past and was denied, they are encouraged to attend one of these events and apply again.
The PACT Act expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with toxic exposures. For Veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War, and post 9/11 era, the law adds more than 20 new presumptive conditions for burn pits and other toxic exposures, along with more presumptive exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation.
Those unable to attend one of the events, can visit https://www.va.gov/resources/the-pact-act-and-your-va-benefits/ . Veterans can also call 1-800-MYVA411.