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    ‘Millions’ of Veterans Exposed to Environmental Hazards Will Be Eligible for VA Health Care on March 5

    ‘Millions' of Veterans Exposed to Environmental Hazards Will Be Eligible for VA Health Care on March 5

    Millions of U.S. veterans will be eligible beginning March 5 for health care with the Department of Veterans Affairs under an accelerated effort to provide benefits and services to those exposed to toxic substances while serving.

    The VA announced Monday that all veterans who have served in a combat zone since the War, as well as those who participated in training or operations and came into contact with hazardous materials, will be able to enroll in VA health care.

    The expansion of health care benefits was mandated by the Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in August 2022, which required the expansion to occur by 2032. VA officials said last month the acceleration is a result of a hiring blitz made possible by provisions in the law.

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    “If you're a veteran who may have been exposed to toxins or hazards while serving our country, at home or abroad, we want you to come to us for the health care you deserve,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said Monday in a release.

    Under the PACT Act, more than 100,000 veterans have enrolled in VA health care and roughly 760,000 disability claims have been approved. VA officials did not detail exactly how many veterans now will be eligible for care under the expansion but said the figure is in the “millions.”

    “Beginning March 5, we're making millions of veterans eligible for VA health care years…

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