The PACT Act and Your VA Benefits
The PACT Act is a new law that extends health care and VA benefits to veterans exposed to fireplaces and other toxic substances. This act helps us provide generations of veterans — and their survivors — with the care and benefits they have earned and deserve.
This page will help you answer your questions about what the PACT law means for you or your loved ones. You can also call us at 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711). And you can file a PACT disability compensation claim or apply for VA health care now.
What is PACT and how will it affect my VA benefits and care?
The PACT Act is perhaps the largest health care and benefits expansion in VA history. The full name of the law is The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.
The PACT Act will bring these changes:
- Expands and expands VA health care eligibility for substance-exposed veterans and veterans of Vietnam, the Gulf War, and post-9/11 eras
- Adds over 20 new presumptive conditions for fire pits and other toxic exposures
- Adds more suspected exposure locations for Agent Orange and Radiation
- Requires VA to provide toxic exposure screening to every veteran enrolled in VA healthcare
- Helps us improve research, staff training and treatment related to toxic exposures
If you are a veteran or survivor, you can file claims now to seek PACT benefits.
What does it mean to have a condition suspected of toxic exposure?
To obtain a VA disability rating, your disability must be related to your military service. For many health conditions, you must prove that your service caused your condition.
But for some conditions, we automatically assume (or “assume”) that your service caused your condition. We call these “presumptive conditions”.
We consider a condition to be presumptive when it is established by law or regulation.
If you have a suspected condition, you do not need to prove that your service caused the condition. You only need to meet the service requirements for presumption.