Veterans Affairs Information:
The 08/10/2022 'PACT Act' and your VA benefits
The PACT Act is a new bi-partisan law, signed by President Biden on August 10, 2022, that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.
This website: VA.gov/PACT will help answer your questions about what the PACT Act means for you or your loved ones. You can also call VA at 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711). And you can file a claim for PACT Act-related disability compensation or apply for VA health care now.
What does it mean to have a presumptive condition for toxic exposure?
To get a VA disability rating, you must have a current disability that can be connected to your military service. For many health conditions, you need to prove that your service caused your condition.
But for some conditions, we automatically assume (or “presume”) that your service caused your condition. We call these “presumptive conditions.”
We consider a condition presumptive when it's established by law or regulation.
If you have a presumptive condition, you don’t need to prove that your service caused the condition. You only need to meet the service requirements for the presumption.
Please call 712-737-1775 to set up an appointment with the Veterans Service Officer to discuss your qualifying service, diagnosed conditions related to your service (presumptive or otherwise) and if criteria to do so are met, file a claim for service connection.
Things to bring with you to your appointment include: DD214(s), names/birthdates/social security numbers for your dependents living in your household; a current medical diagnosis list; names/addresses/phone numbers of your private care medical doctors and treatment facilities for the claimed conditions.