Our advice is simple and straightforward. If you have a serious illness which you believe was caused by exposure to toxic materials during your time in service file a PACT Act claim and do it right away.
The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act is a sweeping law that extends eligibility for medical benefits to an estimated 5 million U.S. Veterans sickened by exposure to toxic materials during their military service in the Gulf War, post 9/11, and Vietnam War eras. It expands VA benefits for 3 generations of Veterans harmed by certain toxic exposures including:
- Burn Pits
- Agent Orange
One compelling reason for staking your PACT Act claim immediately can be found in the sheer numbers of those applying for benefits under the Act. As of January 1, 2023 the VA has received 213,000 PACT Act related claims for benefits. The VA is prioritizing the claims of Veterans with cancer to make sure they get timely access to the care and benefits they need. Although the agency has pledged it will hire thousands of people to make sure they have enough trained staff members to process all the claims, there still will likely be a backlog, so the sooner you submit your claim, the better.
The second reason for filing your claim soon is that, generally, if you apply for benefits before August 10, 2023 (the one year anniversary of the signing of the Act), and your application is granted, you will receive benefits backdated to the date of the bill signing: August 10, 2022.
If you served during the Gulf War, post 9/11, or Vietnam War eras and are dealing with a serious health issue which you believe was caused by exposure to toxic materials, you will want to get your free copy of our book Expanding Your VA Benefits: The Veteran’s Complete Guidebook for the PACT Act. You can get this comprehensive guide to your rights and benefits under the PACT Act through this link: cuddiganlaw.com/reports. The guidebook is free and we also can offer you a free personal evaluation of your disability case, just contact us at Cuddigan Law.