LAS VEGAS, NV – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) hosted a roundtable discussion with Nevada veterans, VA officials, and local veteran advocates to talk about the importance of the bipartisan Honoring Our PACT Act, legislation Senator Rosen helped pass, which has extended Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and benefits to veterans suffering from a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and disabilities as a result of exposure to toxins such as Agent Orange in Vietnam, burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, or other chemical or radiation exposures in places where veterans have served.
Eligible veterans suffering from toxic exposure who file a claim for PACT Act support by August 9th, 2023, are able to receive benefits backdated to when the bill was signed into law nearly one year ago.
Reporter: “There’s still time for Nevada veterans to receive extended VA benefits under the Honoring our PACT Act. The law expands benefits for veterans dealing with illnesses or injuries from exposure to toxins — including Agent Orange in Vietnam and burn pits in the Middle East. Veterans who may have been exposed to these toxins are encouraged to apply for benefits by August 9th. Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen, who backed the bill, shared the importance of applying by that date.”
Rosen: “While you can still file for benefits afterwards, eligible veterans who apply for PACT Act benefits by August 9th may be able to receive one year of retroactive compensation, backdated to when the bill was signed into law nearly one year ago.”
Reporter: “Lawmakers like Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen are calling for veterans who have been exposed to toxins while serving to file a claim for PACT Act.”
Rosen: “This historic law is delivering health care and benefits to millions of American veterans who have suffered from exposure to toxins like Agent Orange, burn pits, and other dangerous chemicals. If you have been exposed or think you have been exposed to these toxins, you should determine your eligibility.”
By Ryan Matthey
- As a deadline for retroactive care looms, veterans are receiving medical treatments for toxic exposure that were once not covered by the VA.
- Treatment for certain conditions likely caused by toxic exposure during the Vietnam War, Gulf War, and Post 9/11 Eras were once not covered by the VA. Now, several of them are.
- Veteran officials in the Las Vegas valley met Thursday morning in Henderson to discuss how the estimated 216,626 estimated veterans living in Nevada are made aware of this expansion.
- Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen orchestrated the Thursday roundtable and encourages those who were declined certain claims before the PACT Act was signed to reapply.