Rep. Carbajal Joins President Biden for Veterans Bill Signing

Congressman Salud Carbajal joined President Joe Biden at the White House for the signing of the landmark veterans health benefits bill, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act.

The new law will open health care benefits to more than three and a half million veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service and will finally consider exposure to fire pits and airborne hazards as a cost of war , by addressing all the problems affecting people exposed to toxic substances. veterans, including access to benefits and health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs

“I was privileged to join President Biden today, alongside veterans and my fellow lawmakers, to see the biggest expansion of veterans’ benefits in decades enacted,” the member of the Board said. Carbajal Congress in a press release.

Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors can find more information about these new benefits by visiting VA.gov/PACT [va.gov] or by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-MyVA411. The advantages of the PACT law are accessible by filing a request on VA.gov [va.gov].

The Honoring our PACT Act authorizes exposure to combustion fireplaces and airborne hazards by creating presumptions for 23 respiratory illnesses and cancers, shifting the burden of proof from veterans. If a veteran served in a particular theater at any given time, they will be presumed to be exposed to toxic substances and therefore potentially eligible for health care and benefits.

The bipartisan legislation will also streamline VA’s presumptive decision-making process so that Congress doesn’t have to keep intervening and veterans don’t have to wait decades for help.

Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th congressional district, encompassing Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and part of Ventura County. He co-sponsored that act in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year.

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