Episode 2530 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about the PACT Act and what it means to all veterans. The featured story comes from the VA News and is titled: Tribal Nations receive PACT Act resources. It was submitted by Carmen Daugherty, Public Affairs Officer for the Oklahoma City VA.
The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, known as the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022, is an Act of Congress intended to significantly improve healthcare access and funding for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during military service.
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.
According to the featured story, the Oklahoma City VA held a PACT Act event for Tribal Nations. The Oklahoma City VA is bringing health care resources to remote Tribal areas to ensure Veterans and their families in specific local communities are briefed on the PACT Act, a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances.
Lin Tsoodle, a Kiowa Tribe member who attended the event stated it might be difficult for some Tribal members to ask or seek help from VA, but he has advice for those fellow Tribal members who may be skeptical: “Be open to the help that VA provides to us. Don’t be shy and don’t feel guilty to receive help. So many have sacrificed so much so that we can finally get the medical care and benefits we have earned and deserve. My father’s generation never had that chance, so don’t waste it.”
Listen to episode 2530 and discover more about the PACT Act and what it means to all veterans