25 Investigates: Senate questions VA implementation of PACT Act

We have some important information for veterans when it comes to accessing new healthcare benefits. A hearing was held today in Washington D.C. Thursday to check in on the implementation of the PACT Act.

As 25 Investigates has reported, the PACT Act is a new law that expands Veterans Administration health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, agent orange, and other toxic substances.

25 Investigates has documented how burn pit and other chemical exposures impacted veterans of the Gulf War.

New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan was part of a bi-partisan group of senators who developed the legislation. She asked members of the VA today if they are doing all they can to communicate with all veterans who may be eligible for these benefits.

“In particular, I want to make sure is targeting outreach to service members who will be separating or retiring from the military in the future, but likely aren’t connected with V-A services today,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan.

“We are actually collaborating with DOD on outreach. We’ve already had excellent meetings with the DOD public affairs,” said Dr. Shereef Elnahal, Under Secretary for Health at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. “This is a major area of focus for us. The critical transition for veterans into civilian life is a very vulnerable one.”

The VA says the week of December 10th has been designated PACT Act Awareness Week.

If you have questions about whether you qualify for these new veterans benefits or how to access them, head here.

New Hampshire veterans can also call 603-622-2204 with questions.

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