Burn Pit

Veterans can now submit claims for all presumptive illnesses included in the PACT Act legislation

This massive Act was signed into law last month and was on track to launch on October 1, 2022. But when the President signed the Act, he made it clear that he wanted the legislation to go into effect immediately, and VA followed through. Veterans can submit claims, but this does not mean they will be seen any sooner. VA planned the original date of October 1 to allow for training and to prepare staff for the high demand of claims. However, Veterans should still submit their claims now.

Staggered Timeline

Since the new law is so large, the legislature stated that many presumptive conditions would not be looked at until 2026 at the latest. It makes sense on paper to stagger the presumptive conditions to allow VA staff to not get bogged down.

The Backlog of Claims

VA does not plan to start processing new claims until January 1, 2023. The law will allow VA time to hire more staff and get these employees trained to get through the backlog of claims faster. This week VA’s backlog was sitting at 145,000 claims, a considerable improvement from the 264,000 claims in 2021.

Learn more about The PACT Act

Do not wait, submit your claim

Here is how to Apply for VA Health Care

“VA secretary discusses health care overhaul helping veterans exposed to toxic burn pits” PBS News Hour: September 2, 2022, https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/va-secretary-discusses-health-care-overhaul-helping-veterans-exposed-to-toxic-burn-pits

**The information contained in this post is not updated after the date initially posted.  For the most up-to-date information, please check VA’s website.**

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