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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this week began processing claims under The Sergeant First Class Heath Robison Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. The law, believed to be the largest health care and benefit expansion in VA history, compensates veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances during military service. Leading up to January 1, VA finalized decisions on PACT Act claims filed by veterans who self-identified as terminally ill. This group will continue to receive priority, together with veterans with cancer, veterans experiencing homelessness, veterans older than 85 years old, veterans experiencing financial hardship, and Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipients. For more information about the PACT Act and how to file a claim, click here.