Biden Is Signing It – Veterans Are Involved
(NewsReady.com) – Veterans of the War on Terror have suffered terrible illnesses. The problems, including rare cancers, came from exposure to burn pits — areas on bases where the US military burned all of its waste. After years of fighting, the federal government has finally taken action to help them.
On Wednesday, August 10, President Joe Biden signed the SFC Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act into law. The namesake of the law died in 2020 after a prolonged battle with cancer caused by the burn pits. During his illness, he repeatedly fought the Veterans Administration (VA) to receive medication and benefits, but was told his disease wasn’t service related.
Robinson’s fight was not in vain. The new law will help veterans and their families receive the benefits they deserve. His wife and daughter, Danielle and Brielle Robinson, spoke at the signing. The young widow spoke about how kind her husband was and how many other families like theirs are suffering.
Happening Now: President Biden delivers remarks and signs into law the PACT Act of 2022. https://t.co/Pa97pEayUd
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 10, 2022
The bipartisan law will expand the number of illnesses that are automatically recognized as service-related, making it easier for vets to receive benefits. Veterans from the War on Terror, Gulf War, and Vietnam War will benefit from the change. Exposure screening will now become routine. The hope is that no other service member will have to fight the way Robinson and others like him have.
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