Pact Act

The PACT Act and your VA benefits

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.

The PACT Act adds to the list of health conditions that we assume (or “presume”) are caused by exposure to these substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

This page will help answer your questions about what the PACT Act means for you or your loved ones. You can also call the VA at 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711). And you can file a claim for PACT Act-related disability compensation or apply for VA health care now.

What’s the PACT Act and how will it affect my VA benefits and care?

The PACT Act is perhaps the largest health care and benefit expansion in VA history. The full name of the law is The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.

The PACT Act will bring these changes:

If you’re a Veteran or survivor, you can file claims now to apply for PACT Act-related benefits. 

What does it mean to have a presumptive condition for toxic exposure?

To get a VA disability rating, your disability must connect to your military service. For many health conditions, you need to prove that your service caused your condition. 

But for some conditions, we automatically assume (or “presume”) that your service caused your condition. We call these “presumptive conditions.”

We consider a condition presumptive when it's established by law or regulation.

If you have a presumptive condition, you don’t need to prove that your service caused the condition. You only need to meet the service requirements for the presumption. 

Gulf War era and post-9/11 Veteran eligibility

What burn pit and other toxic exposure conditions are now presumptive?

How do I know if I have a presumptive exposure to burn pits?

Are there more exposure-related presumptive conditions?

Am I eligible for free VA health care as a post-9/11 combat Veteran?

What if I was discharged or released before October 1, 2013?

Vietnam era Veteran eligibility

What new Agent Orange presumptive conditions will VA add?

Are there more exposure-related presumptive conditions?

What new Agent Orange presumptive locations will VA add?

What new radiation presumptive locations will VA add?

Am I eligible for VA health care as a Vietnam Veteran?

Getting benefits

How do I file a disability claim for a new presumptive condition?

What if VA denied my claim but now considers my condition presumptive?

What if I have a pending claim for a condition that’s now presumptive?

Can I still file PACT Act-related claims?

When can I expect VA to make a decision on my PACT Act claim?

Toxic exposure screenings

Can I get a toxic exposure screening at VA?

Information for survivors

Can Veterans’ survivors get compensation payments under the PACT Act?

What if VA denied my DIC claim and I think I’m now eligible?

What other VA benefits are survivors eligible for?