The Honoring Our Pact Act (“PACT Act”), which I discussed in February and in May, has failed to pass in the Senate.

The PACT Act is a comprehensive legislation that addresses not just burn pit toxin exposed Veterans, but also adds presumptive conditions to herbicide exposed Veterans.  The PACT Act would add 23 cancers and respiratory illnesses caused by exposure to burn pits to the list of conditions that would qualify veterans for VA benefits and health care.  Additionally, it expands the list of locations where there is an acknowledged presence of herbicides, as well as a new presumptive condition.