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Thompson urges local eligible veterans and their families to apply for PACT Act benefits before Aug. 9

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) is urging veterans who are eligible to apply for PACT Act benefits before Aug. 9 to receive retroactive benefits.

“Our veterans answered the call to serve our country and earned VA benefits for themselves and their families,” said Thompson. “Last Congress, I proudly voted for the PACT Act to help us live up to the promise we made our vets. The PACT Act is a historic expansion of benefits for our veterans and I encourage all eligible veterans and their families in our district to apply for PACT Act benefits before Aug. 9 and receive backdated care through Aug. 10, 2022.”

Click here to learn about the PACT Act and to file a benefits claim.

The PACT Act is one of the largest health care and benefit expansion in VA history. The full name of the law is The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics, or PACT, Act.

The PACT Act:

• Expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with toxic exposures and veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War and post-9/11 eras.
• Adds 20-plus more presumptive conditions for burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic exposures.
• Adds more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation.
• Requires VA to provide a toxic exposure screening to every veteran enrolled in VA health care.
• Helps improve research, staff education and treatment related to toxic exposures.

If you’re a veteran or survivor, you can file claims now to apply for PACT Act-related benefits.

Thompson is proud to represent California’s Fourth Congressional District, which includes all or part of Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

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