Livingston County Applauds Passing of Veterans Health Care Program

Livingston County supports the recent passage of the PACT (Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics) Act by the United States House of Representatives.

The law makes significant strides toward improving access to health care and Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits for veterans exposed to airborne toxins while serving in the military, while also approving federal resources to expand and strengthen county Veterans Service Officers (CVSOs) through the commitment of the Veterans Support and Outreach Act, the county’s Director of Veterans Services said. of Livingston, Jason Skinner.

Skinner serves as Vice Chairman of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans and Military Services Committee. He was instrumental in advocating for the PACT Act on behalf of the counties and is now urging the US Senate to pass it quickly.

“CVSOs are local county employees who are nationally accredited by the VA to assist veterans with their VA claims,” ​​Skinner said. “They are funded almost entirely by the counties, which creates a challenge when it comes to serving veterans in rural areas like ours. This act authorizes $250 million over five years in competitive federal grants, which will allow us to better serve more of our local veteran population.

Each year, CVSOs are responsible for helping veterans obtain more than $50 billion in federal health, disability, retirement and compensation benefits.

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