Alachua County Veterans Services informs Alachua County Veterans of the PACT Act signed by President Joe Biden on August 10, 2022. The PACT Act opens up many new conditions and illnesses they may suffer from to be considered service-related. Veterans who served between 1990 and present, and those who served in the Vietnam War, can now receive compensation for health care and/or VA-related services where they are not. were not before the signing of the pact law. Veterans should contact Alachua County Veterans Services at 352-264-6740 to learn more about filing a claim under the PACT Act. Due to likely high call volume, please allow time for their office to schedule you to provide earned services.
Per direction from the regional Veterans Administration office, Alachua County Veterans Services personnel have been filing PACT claims for the past several weeks. The Veterans Administration will begin working on these applications in October 2022.
The PACT Act is the largest extension of VA health care benefits for veterans exposed to toxins in more than 30 years. It is expected to expand eligibility for medical care to approximately 3.5 million veterans who have potentially been affected by toxic exposure. The county estimates that about 7,000 Alachua County veterans could be in that eligibility window.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our veterans community because it opens up many conditions/illnesses that they may have to be considered service-related,” said Kim Davis, director of veterans services for the county. ‘Alachua. “We are happy to finally be able to serve our veterans with this opportunity.
For more information, contact Alachua County Veterans Services at 352-264-6740. Media may contact Alachua County Communications Director Mark Sexton at 352-264-6979.