The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.

The PACT Act will bring these changes:

  • Expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with Toxic exposures and Veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War, and post 9/11 eras
  • Adds 20+ more presumptive conditions for burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic exposures
  • Adds more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orangea and radiation
  • Requires VA to provide a toxic exposure screening to every Veteran enrolled in VA health care
  • Helps VA to improve research, staff education, and treatment related to toxic exposures


There's no deadline to apply for PACT Act benefits. But if you file your PACT Act claim-or quickly submit your Intent to File-by August 9, 2023, you may receive benefits backdated to August 10, 2022.


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