Understanding the PACT Act: How It Affects VA Benefits and Our Veterans

Welcome to Avard Law Offices, your trusted ally in navigating veterans’ benefits in Florida. As a law firm deeply committed to serving those who’ve served our nation, we’re here to provide clarity and guidance on the recently enacted PACT Act. This landmark legislation significantly impacts VA benefits, and our team in Cape Coral, FL, is dedicated to helping Florida’s veterans understand and access their enhanced entitlements.

What is the PACT Act?

The PACT Act, short for the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, is a transformative piece of legislation signed into law to expand and improve healthcare and benefits for veterans. This Act recognizes the evolving health challenges faced by veterans, particularly those exposed to harmful substances during their service. Here, we’ll break down the key components of the PACT Act and what it means for our veterans.

Impact on VA Benefits

The PACT Act brings about significant changes to Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. These alterations are designed to streamline access to healthcare and financial support for veterans. This section will explore how these changes directly benefit our veterans, touching on aspects like healthcare access, disability compensation, and the claims process.

New Presumptive Conditions

One of the critical aspects of the PACT Act is the addition of new presumptive conditions. Presumptive conditions are health issues for which veterans automatically qualify for VA benefits, assuming their service history aligns with specific criteria. We’ll delve into these new conditions, outlining what they are and what veterans need to know to claim benefits associated with them.

  • Respiratory cancers (including lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance (MGUS)
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Essential Thrombocythemia
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Soft tissue sarcomas (excluding osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and mesothelioma)
  • Bladder cancer
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Parkinsonism
  • Glioblastoma
  • Spina bifida in the children of veterans exposed to certain toxic substances
  • Asthma diagnosed after service
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis

These conditions are considered presumptive, meaning veterans who served in qualifying locations and during specific time frames, and who are diagnosed with these conditions, are presumed to have a service-connected disability for VA benefits purposes. It’s crucial for veterans to check with their attorney at Avard Law Offices for the most current information, as this list can be updated or expanded over time.

How Avard Law Offices Can Help

At Avard Law Offices, we’re not just lawyers; we’re advocates for Florida’s veterans. Our expertise in VA benefits and commitment to personalized service means we’re uniquely positioned to help veterans navigate the complexities of the PACT Act. Whether it’s filing a claim, appealing a decision, or simply understanding your rights, our team is here to assist every step of the way.

Contact Us

The PACT Act represents a significant step forward in acknowledging and addressing the unique health challenges faced by our veterans. At Avard Law Offices, we’re proud to support Florida’s veteran community in accessing the benefits they rightfully deserve. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved ones benefit from the PACT Act.


Fill out my online form.