Veterans who have been exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, or other toxic substances can attend a PACT Act Claims Clinic at the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park on September 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event is a good resource for veterans seeking assistance with disability compensation claims related to toxic exposures and enrollment in VA Health Care. Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) representatives will be available on-site to provide support and guidance for these claims.
Key Event Details:
Date: September 22, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Stearns County Service Center
Address: 3301 Co Rd 138, Waite Park
Note that appointments are available but limited. To reserve a spot, call 320-255-6340. Walk-ins are also welcome.
At the clinic, veterans can:
Enroll in VA Health Care
Get a Toxic Exposure Screening
Ask About Existing Claims
Start a New Claim
To make the most of this opportunity, veterans are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD-214 or discharge papers and any recent correspondence about a claim that they have questions about.
The PACT Act (presumptive benefits for war fighters exposed to burn pits and other toxins act) was passed in August 2022 to provide essential support and benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service. There is an upcoming deadline of September 30, 2023 for enrollment in VA health care under the PACT Act. This clinic is a crucial initiative to ensure veterans are aware of their eligibility and can access the benefits they deserve.
This event marks a significant collaboration between Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and the local veteran community. It offers veterans an opportunity for expedited action or review on existing claims and the chance to learn more about the PACT Act and its implications for their health and well-being.
While there was a prior clinic hosted at the VA Medical Center, this event is unique as it’s the first local claims clinic hosted by a County Veterans Service Officer. Furthermore, VBA has been diligently conducting online claims clinics since the inception of the PACT Act.
For veterans who have questions or are seeking assistance related to their exposure to toxic substances, this PACT Act Claims Clinic is a valuable resource that should not be missed.