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Starting Jan. 1, the VA will start processing claims under the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.

    • Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough explains that the PACT ACT makes it so veterans who served in Southwest Asia, were exposed to toxins and have certain conditions will be assumed to have gotten said condition while serving oversees. This means the veterans will qualify for benefits and care.
    • The VA is now resolving more claims in a year than ever before, he said.
    • The overturning of Roe v. Wade created a “health emergency” for women receiving care at the VA, according to McDonough, and the VA will be providing abortion counseling and services in some narrow cases

SEE ALSO | Mission of VA Office of Women’s Health

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