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Veterans applying for PACT may receive retro benefits

Thanks to the PACT Act, millions of Veterans who were exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances are now eligible for VA health care and benefits. 

While there is no deadline to apply for PACT Act-related benefits, there is urgency. Most veterans and survivors who apply for benefits or submit an “Intent to File” by Aug. 9, if granted, will have their benefits backdated to Aug. 10, 2022 – the day that President Biden signed the PACT Act into law.

To encourage Veterans to apply, VA facilities nationwide are hosting Summer VetFest to inform veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors about the PACT Act. VA staff will be on hand to help veterans apply or submit an intent to file and get screened for toxic exposures.

Oregon’s VetFest is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Salem VA Clinic, 1750 SE McGilchrist St., Ste. 130.

For veterans who can not attend the Salem event, VA.gov/PACT is a one-stop shop to learn about and apply for PACT Act-related care and benefits. They can also apply by calling 1-800-MYVA411.

The PACT Act expands VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, radiation and other toxic substances.

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