The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (the PACT Act) was signed by President Biden on August 10, 2022. One of the largest health care benefit expansions in decades for the VA, the PACT Act will expand coverage for those exposed to hazardous substances during their military service, including Agent Orange, burn pits, and contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
One notable expansion for Veteran’s who served during the Vietnam War period is the addition of new locations to the Agent Orange presumptive locations. This means that if the Veteran served in certain locations during the presumptive time period, the VA presumes the Veteran was exposed to Agent Orange. New locations include any U.S. or Royal Thai military base in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia at Mimot or Krek in the Kampong Cham Province, Guam, American Samoa, Johnston Atoll, or on a ship that called at Johnston Atoll.