Rosen Encourages Toxic-Exposed Nevada Veterans to Apply for VA Health Care Through PACT Act

Thanks To Bipartisan PACT Act Rosen Helped Pass, Veterans Exposed To Toxins While Serving In The Military Are Now Eligible To Enroll Directly In VA Health Care Without Having To Apply For Benefits First

Watch Senator Rosen’s Video Announcement HERE.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) is encouraging toxic-exposed veterans in Nevada to enroll in VA health care through the bipartisan PACT Act she helped pass. As Senator Rosen announced last week, starting today veterans who were exposed to toxins and other hazards while serving in the military will be eligible to enroll directly in VA health care without having to apply for benefits first. This means that veterans who served during the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, or in any combat zone after 9/11 – in addition to those who never deployed but were exposed to toxins or hazards during their service – are now eligible.

Senator Rosen has been leading efforts to support our nation’s veterans. Last year, she introduced the bipartisan VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act to take steps to improve access to mental health services for our veterans. She also secured authorization for a new VA hospital in Reno and pushed for Nevada’s first-ever dedicated in-state Veteran Business Outreach Center.

Below is a transcript of Senator Rosen’s remarks:

We have a responsibility to care for the brave men and women who selflessly answered the call to serve and protect our nation.

That’s why I proudly helped pass the bipartisan PACT Act, and make sure Nevada’s veterans who were exposed to toxins and other hazards as part of their service could finally access the benefits and health care they deserve.

Today, I’m proud to announce that – years ahead of schedule – all toxin-exposed veterans covered by the PACT Act can now enroll directly in VA health care, regardless of their benefit status or where they served.

This even includes veterans who never were deployed but were exposed to toxins or hazards while serving our nation here at home.

My office stands ready to help all veterans from our state get the benefits they’ve earned.

For more information,  you can go to or call 1-800-myVA-411.