The PACT Act and VA Benefits
Expands and extends eligibility for care and benefits for Veterans and Survivors related to toxic exposures.
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President Biden signs Veterans PACT Act into law.
Named in honor of Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robison, a decorated combat medic who died from a rare form of lung cancer, the PACT Act will help deliver more timely benefits and services to more than 5 million veterans who may have been impacted by toxic exposures while serving our country.
The PACT Act will bring these changes:
- Expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for veterans with toxic exposures and veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War and post-9/11 eras.
- Adds more than 20 new presumptive conditions for burn pits and other toxic exposures. Adds more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation exposures.
- Will allow more veterans who fall within the guidelines to enroll in VA health care without having to demonstrate a service connected disability.
Learn More: https://www.va.gov/resources/the-pact-act-and-your-va-benefits
Statement from VA Secretary Denis McDonough on the signing of the PACT Act: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5815
Access to Services and Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) welcomes all Veterans, families, caregivers, and survivor beneficiaries, including diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. VA is dedicated to being a leader in health care for LGBTQ+ Veterans. VA provides comprehensive care for LGBTQ+ Veterans. Learn More.
How do I access services for LGBTQ+ Health at VA?
A great place to start is to contact the LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator at your local VA facility. Every VA facility has an LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC) to connect LGBTQ+ Veterans to health care services. They help Veterans find providers, answer questions, and report problems, if encountered.
Ask a Pharmacist App
If you are a Veteran, the Ask a Pharmacist App enables you to access information about VA pharmacies and medication easily — with the comfort of knowing the information is valid and from trusted sources. If you have a verified My HealtheVet account (credentials for VA's personal health record), you can link to VA pharmacy and Secure Messaging services via the app, allowing you to quickly go to your personal medication and health information as well as learn about pharmacy-related topics. Get the App
VA Adaptive Sports Program
Your courage, your determination and your drive all led you to serve America proudly. Those same characteristics will also lead to satisfaction and success in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Please visit the VA Adaptive Sports Program to learn about all the events!
Office of Patient Care Services (PCS) - Program Offices
PCS has 12 service areas/programs and more than 1,000 employees whose dedication and commitment to excellence can be seen in their work on behalf of Veterans each and every day. Detailed Listing for each Program Office
- Chaplain Services
- Caregiver Support Program
- Care Management and Social Work Services
- Connected Care
- Geriatrics and Extended Care
- Adult Day Health Care
- Home Based Primary Care
- Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care
- Hospice Care
- Palliative Care
- Respite Care
- Skilled Home Health Care
- Remote Monitoring Care
- Veteran-Directed Care
- Office of Nursing Services (ONS)
- Physician Assistant Services (PAS)
- Pharmacy Benefits Management Services
- Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation
- Population Health
- Health Equity
- Health Solutions
- LGBTQ+ Health Program
- National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Health Outcomes Military Exposures (HOME) (formerly Post Deployment Health Services)
- Public Health Surveillance and Research
- Rural Health
- Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services (RPS)
- Blind Rehabilitation
- Clinical Orthotic and Prosthetic
- National Veteran Sports
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Polytrauma/TBI System of Care
- Prosthetic and Sensory Aids
- Recreation Therapy
- Creative Arts Therapy
- The Office of Sterile Processing (OSP)