PACT Act Expands Veterans’ Benefits Eligibility
The Department of Veterans Affairs has vowed to redesign their Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry following a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine which stated that the registry was “currently unable to fulfill its primary intended purposes of supporting research and population health surveillance, it has the potential to contribute to other important areas.”
The Burn Pit registry was established in 2014. It was designed to both help the VA learn more about the effect of burn pits on those who were exposed to them and to assist the veterans who were exposed and need care as a result. With the passage of the PACT Act, and an increasing number of individuals being impacted by burn pits, this reexamination is vital following the knowledge uncovered in the report.
To join the registry or learn more about the requirements to do so, click here
Senate Committee Holds Hearings Addressing Wait Times
Last month, the VA announced how their expansion of health benefits following the passage of the PACT Act would occur. As a reminder, the PACT Act is a piece of legislation that expands benefits for many veterans who faced toxic exposures while serving.
The VA provided information surrounding benefits eligibility for both veterans and survivors as well as instructions on how to file a claim. These changes began starting on October 1st and we want to ensure myeloma patients who are impacted by this legislation are informed about this process.
To view more details about eligibility and how to file a claim, please click here