Military families will have a three-day opportunity to explore Veterans benefits and new eligibility requirements at a one-stop-virtual-shop.
From Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Delaware vets can take advantage of 1-on-1 assistance and can connect with Veterans Affairs, state and community partners to obtain claim status updates, file claims, enroll in VA health care, schedule appointments and explore military transition services.
They can also check if they have new benefit eligibility through the federal Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act.
That law was passed in summer 2022 and expands VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances.
The PACT Act also:
- Expanded and extended eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with toxic exposures and Veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War and post-9/11 eras.
- Added more than 20 presumptive conditions for burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic exposures.
- Added more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation.
- Requires a toxic exposure screening to every Veteran enrolled in VA healthcare.
- Helped the agency improve research, staff education and treatment related to toxic exposures.
When registering, participants will have the option to schedule a virtual appointment date and time that best fits their availability, and a VA representative will call the Veteran during the scheduled time to provide assistance.
Appointment availability is limited, and Vets must register before Dec. 10.
The event is only for residents of Delaware and the New Jersey counties of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem.
Click here to schedule an appointment.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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