Rosen Helps Pass Historic Bill to Finally Provide Health Care, Benefits to All Toxic-Exposed Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, bipartisan legislation to extend VA benefits and VA health care to all veterans suffering from illnesses as a result of exposure to burn pits and other toxins during their service.

“Millions of American servicemembers have been exposed to toxic smoke, burn pits, or Agent Orange and have been denied care due to bureaucratic red tape,” dijo el Senador Rosen. “This important bipartisan legislation will right this wrong and provide our nation’s veterans with the long-overdue care and benefits they deserve.” 

los Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 voluntad:

  • Expand VA health care eligibility to all Post-9/11 combat veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances, which includes more than 3.5 million toxic-exposed veterans;
  • Crear un marco para el establecimiento de presunciones futuras de conexión de servicios relacionados con la exposición tóxica;
  • Agregar 23 condiciones relacionadas con la exposición tóxica a la lista de presunciones relacionadas con el servicio del VA;
  • Expand presumptions related to Agent Orange exposure and the locations where exposure may have occurred;
  • Fortalecer la investigación federal sobre la exposición tóxica;
  • Mejorar los recursos y la capacitación de VA para veteranos expuestos a sustancias tóxicas; y
  • Set VA and veterans up for success by investing in VA claims processing, the VA’s workforce, and VA health care facilities.

Senator Rosen is committed to fighting for our nation’s veterans and ensuring they have access to the care they deserve. Earlier this year, the Senate passed the bipartisan, Rosen-backed Ley de atención médica para veteranos de Burn Pit to expand Department of Veterans Affairs health care coverage for veterans. Senator Rosen has also introduced numerous bipartisan bills to help Nevada’s veterans succeed in their transition to civilian life, including legislation to ayudar a los veteranos a iniciar pequeñas empresas in underserved communities by creating a small business startup tax credit and to establecer y mejorar los Centros de Estudiantes para Veteranos en colegios y universidades.