Honoring Our PACT Act Toolbox
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. VA has considered all the presumptive conditions established by the PACT Act presumptive on the date the bill became law – August 10, 2022. Veterans and their families are already asking you for advice on whether and how this legislation impacts them. Hope this page provides you a one stop shop for the PACT Act. Any recommendations to this page, please contact Ron Dvorsky - TDVS Training Officer @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Public Law 117-168 (8/10/2022) – Honoring our PACT Act of 2022
- The PACT Act and your VA benefits
- Improvements to Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Since 2014, VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry has been an important tool for recent Veterans and service members to record their airborne hazard exposures and related health conditions, with an optional examination with a health care provider to learn more. VA is making the registry more user-friendly and ensuring that Veterans have the option to have an in-person health exam.
- As of 09.28.2022
- PACT Act-related claims receipts: Since President Biden signed the PACT Act into law on August 10th, VA has received more than 70,000 PACT Act-related claims. However, VA added Asthma, Sinusitis, and Rhinitis (which are included in the PACT Act) to VA’s list of presumptives in September 2021, so VA has technically received more than 156,000 PACT-related claims if you include pre-August 10 data.
Between September 2021 and September 27, 2022, VA has adjudicated over 40,000 claims for Asthma, Sinusitis, and Rhinitis, delivering more than $121 million in benefits that these Veterans have earned.
Pending PACT Act claims: Including pre-August 10th claims receipts, VA has 116,000 pending claims for presumptive conditions of the PACT Act.
Note on the data: The number of claims filed is based on the current data of PACT Act-eligible Veterans. VA and DoD continue to work to identify these eligible Veterans, including the scanning of paper records from the Vietnam and pre-9/11 timeframes. As paper records are scanned or located, our numbers will likely change.