More than 500,000 Veterans File for Toxic Exposure Claims

VA is gratified to see a jump in the use of this veteran-specific health care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that, thus far, more than 500,000 veterans have filed for benefits related to toxic exposure. The Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act, or PACT Act, passed in 2022, provides $300 billion for 10 years to retroactively care for veterans suffering from cancers, lung diseases, and many other illnesses caused by contact with toxic burn pits out in the field. As of August 10, 2022, more than $1 billion has been awarded to veterans to assist them with healthcare costs.

“The millions of Veterans who fought our wars for the past 30 years — who breathed in debris from sandstorms, fumes from burning trash, and more while overseas — are now taken care of for the conditions that followed them home from war,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “We’re proud that 500,000+ Veterans and survivors have applied for their hard-earned benefits to date, but we won’t rest until every Veteran and every survivor gets the VA health care and benefits they deserve.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary McDonough as he oversees the implementation of the PACT Act.
  • That veterans who are suffering from toxic exposure receive the assistance and the care that they need.
  • For the survivors and dependents of veterans who have succumbed to illnesses caused by toxins.

Sources: Department of Veterans Affairs


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