PACT & Lejeune

​Question:
Hello, I already receive VA compensation for my Parkinson's diagnosis in 2017, after serving at Camp Lejeune three times. This was for schooling two separate times, and also duty at the main base. A total of several months, all before 1981. Is it recorded in black and white at the VA that my disability compensation will not be affected if I join the others suing the Federal government. (both money already paid to me and future money)?

Jim's Reply:
"Is it recorded in black and white at the VA that my Disability compensation will not be affected"
No, it's quite the opposite. ​The bill contains the following language in  SEC. 804. FEDERAL CAUSE OF ACTION RELATING TO WATER AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA.  “Any award made to an individual, or legal representative of an individual, under this section shall be offset by the amount of any disability award, payment, or benefit provided to the individual, or legal representative under any program under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs...”
It appears that veterans and family members (I'm one of those) who already receive compensation and health care through VA won't benefit as the act was designed to prevent "double dipping".  Good luck sir.
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The PACT Act

and your VA benefits​

What’s the PACT Act and how will it

affect my VA benefits and care?​

​What does it mean to have a

presumptive condition for toxic exposure?​

Gulf War era and post-9/11

Veteran eligibility.

Vietnam era Veteran eligibility.

Jon Tester: Paying the cost of war at last

for veterans with the SFC Heath

Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act

Generation after generation, Americans have gone to war, backed by the promise that their country would take care of them when they came home.
Yet for years, our government failed those in uniform who returned home only to face a different kind of battle: the battle of cobbling together their earned care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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The PACT Act and your VA benefits
The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans — and their survivors — with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

AUGUST 8, 2022 | PART OF WASHINGTON

JOURNAL 08/08/2022
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Leo Shane on the PACT Act
Leo Shane talked about the passage of the PACT Act, which will expand health care benefits for veterans' exposed to toxins during their military service.

How PACT Act affects Vietnam Veterans

Agent Orange

Radiation Exposure

New Locations

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Health Benefits and Issues for Veterans
Find information about medical issues and health benefits for veterans

Biden signs burn pits bill that helps more

vets exposed to toxins, but the

journey is not done

​During the signing, Biden mentioned the death of his son, Maj. Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

Beau Biden was a member of the Delaware Army National Guard and served in Iraq in 2018. His father suspects burn pit exposure could have been to blame.

What New Benefits Are Available to Veterans Under the PACT Act?

​Over 5 million Vietnam, Gulf War, post-9/11 veterans are eligible

Veterans law attorney

Ratify (Defined)

​Definition of ratify (transitive verb)
To approve and sanction formally

The VBA must now ratify the PACT Act and turn it into rules and regulations.

The recent passage and signing into law of the PACT Act is historic and there are already many questions being asked.

Some of the questions have answers, others not so much. The language you read in the Act itself now must be ratified by your VA. That takes time and VA is already telling us they're short of people to manage all these claims.

I'll begin today (08/12/22) to add updates about the bill and answers to the direct questions I receive here on this page. Scroll down and find the topic that affects you and your benefits.

Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 –

What Should Veterans Know?

Leo Shane on the PACT Act
Leo Shane talked about the passage of the PACT Act, which will expand health care benefits for veterans' exposed to toxins during their military service.

Implementing the PACT Act is

veterans’ next battle

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must now implement the legislation efficiently amid concerns of the department’s poor track record and existing backlogs. ​

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits.

Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,
and family members can  ask Jim their questions  about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 

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Travel Pay

​Question:
Since the VA adopted the new mileage application via the internet, I haven't received any travel money. I checked with my travel clerk and he told me that there is a big back log here in Florida. Have others experienced this problem? Thank you Jim.

Jim's Reply:
I'm in Florida so I feel your pain.
We're supposed to be reimbursed a per mile amount for certain travel to and from medical care. In my time with VHA I've seen long lines and over an hour wait to receive a few dollars gas money. Then we went to a fill-out-the-form system. The check-in kiosks were introduced a few years back and those worked well other than you had to remember to sign out and sign in again to submit the travel voucher.
Not all that long ago I checked in to my small clinic and the kiosks were unplugged and parked in a corner. I was told to check in the old school way and only when I asked, I was given an old form to complete for travel pay. I was told the kiosks were gone forever.
I returned to that clinic 2 weeks later and the check in kiosks were back, plugged in and ready to go. There was no option for travel reimbursement, I was told to go to the Internet and figure it out. I haven't seen any deposits either.
I don't have any answer for you other than...welcome to your VA. They care!
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For example, I've already received a question asking if a veteran who is already rated for a service connected disability will be allowed to keep his or her disability benefits while receiving an award from the Camp Lejeune lawsuit? The answer appears to be no, that your current disability benefits will be offset.

Scroll down to SEC. 804. FEDERAL CAUSE OF ACTION RELATING TO WATER AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA and read all the provisions that affect a Lejeune claimant before you dive into any agreements that may affect you and your family.

Burn Pits Recognition for Veterans Took

Decade of Struggle
President Joe Biden is set to sign into law a

bill that aims to help military veterans

exposed to toxic burn pits.

Veterans health bill marks a personal

victory for Biden
President Joe Biden will sign veterans health

care legislation on Wednesday that ends

a long battle to expand benefits

for people who served near burn pits