Off The Record – Veterans’ Disability – The PACT Act
Hi. My name is Janet Santeramo and I’m a partner here at Turley, Redmond & Rosasco. And I head up the veteran’s department, and the most recent implementation of the PACT Act, it’s a really big deal for all veterans. Not just myself, but any veteran who’s been exposed to the burn pits or been impacted by exposure to Agent Orange. And, at this time, really what it does is, it expands the presumptive list for anybody that’s been exposed to Agent Orange. It expands the presumptive list for individuals who were exposed to the burn pits, but it also does other things. It’s gonna allow veterans who might otherwise not be able to get health care, get health care for some of those conditions that they believe stemmed from the burn pits or from Agent Orange.
It’s also going to allow the VA to see what other conditions might be the result of exposure to Agent Orange or the burn pits. And, I would say, if you had filed a claim in the past for something that you believed was related to your exposure to Agent Orange or your exposure to the burn pits. Now would probably be a really good time to consider reopening or appealing those claims, because the PACT Act might really help you at this point, as far as getting service connection. If you have any questions about the PACT Act, please feel free to give us a call here at Turley, Redmond & Rosasco.