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VA to hold McAllen enrollment event for new law

May 1—A new law makes all veterans uncovered to toxins or different hazards whereas serving the nation at residence or overseas — together with all veterans who served in Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan or some other fight zone after Sept. 11, 2001 — now eligible for VA well being care.

On May 8, the McAllen VA Outpatient Clinic will host a VA healthcare enrollment event geared toward informing veterans, their households and survivors in regards to the PACT Act, which expanded advantages for accidents, whereas urging them to apply.

The event comes after the VA introduced all veterans uncovered to toxins or different hazards whereas serving within the navy — at residence or overseas — are eligible to straight enroll in VA well being care starting March 5, 2024.

Now, all veterans who served within the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Global War on Terror or different fight zones after Sept. 11, 2001, will probably be eligible to straight enroll in VA well being care with out first making use of for VA advantages, whereas veterans by no means deployed however uncovered to toxins or hazards whereas coaching or on energetic obligation within the United States are additionally eligible to enroll.

So far, 177,671 Texas veterans have utilized for PACT Act-related advantages whereas 32,204 veterans have enrolled in VA well being care for the reason that PACT Act was signed into law on Aug. 10, 2022.

The VA is urging all eligible veterans and survivors to apply immediately at www.VA.gov/PACT.

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