Boston: The PACT Act

~ The City Council has adopted a resolution to inform veterans of the resources available to them through the PACT Act. Signed by President Biden in August 2022, the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins (PACT) Act expands healthcare needs for U.S. service members exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances while serving overseas.

It is estimated that over 3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits during operations in the Middle East, and many lacked documented evidence of exposure prior to the passage of the PACT Act. The Council is urging those affected to file for exposure benefits before August 10, 2023 in order to receive backdated benefits from August 10, 2022.

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Veterans should contact their local Veterans' Services Officer or visit their local VA if they are not enrolled in VA Healthcare. The City of Boston's Office of Veterans Services is also available for assistance with claims and enrollment.

The PACT Act provides an opportunity for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances while serving overseas to receive much needed healthcare benefits and support.

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