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September 9, 2023

Are You a Veteran Who Has Been Exposed to Toxic Substances?

Nearly two million of our troops put their lives on the line when they were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect our nation’s security. Unfortunately, many returned home with serious health issues.

One of the most common health problems among these veterans was their exposure to toxic burn pits, which led to chronic illnesses and even death among some of them.

Burn pits are large open-air pits that were commonly used by the U.S. military and its contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict zones to burn various types of waste, including trash, chemicals, medical waste, and hazardous materials. Some of those who were exposed to burn pit emissions experienced respiratory problems, cardiovascular issues, neurological disorders, cancers, and other health complications.

To address this issue, the United States Congress passed the PACT Act (Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act) of 2022. The law was signed into effect by President Biden in August 2022. It is the most significant expansion of benefits and services for veterans exposed to toxic substances in more than 30 years.

Veteran Car Donations is here to shed light on the PACT Act, explaining how it works and how it benefits former military members who have been exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances.


What Is the PACT Act?

The PACT Act expands VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.


How Does the PACT Act Work?

One of the main provisions of the PACT Act is the creation of the Burn Pit Registry, which is a database of veterans who might have come in contact with toxic substances from burn pits. The registry allows veterans to self-report their exposure to burn pits, including the location and duration of their exposure.

The registry is also used by veterans to track their symptoms over time. Vets can report any new symptoms they experience, as well as any changes in their existing symptoms. The information can help healthcare providers better understand the long-term effects of burn pit exposure, leading them to come up with better treatment options for affected veterans.

Additionally, the Burn Pit Registry helps qualified vets receive the care and benefit they need. It makes it easier for them to apply for disability benefits related to burn pit exposure.

The PACT Act also requires the VA to provide medical examinations to veterans who are enrolled in the registry. These exams can help identify any health problems that may be related to burn pit exposure. The VA is also tasked to develop a public information campaign to inform veterans about the Burn Pit Registry and the potential health risks associated with burn pit exposure.


How Can the PACT Act Help Veterans with Burn Pit Exposure?

The PACT Act and the accompanying registry provide veterans who have been exposed to burn pits with numerous benefits. Here are some of them:

  1. Easier access to disability benefits

As mentioned earlier, the registry will make it easier for veterans to apply for disability benefits related to burn pit exposure. Veterans will be able to point to their inclusion in the registry as evidence of their exposure, which will streamline the application process and reduce the burden on veterans.

  1. Better tracking of health problems

The registry will also help the Department of Defense and VA better track the health problems experienced by veterans who have been exposed to burn pits, making it easier for researchers to recognize trends and patterns in burn pit exposure. This means they’ll be able to develop better treatments for the health problems associated with burn pit exposure.

  1. Improved care and treatment

By monitoring the health of affected veterans, the registry will also ease the process for the VA to provide better care and treatment. Enrolled vets will have the chance to receive more targeted care and treatment based on their specific health problems, which can improve their overall quality of life.


Who Else Can Benefit from the PACT Act?

Aside from veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, others who have been exposed to the following toxic substances are also eligible to file claims at the VA:

  • Air pollutants such as sulfur fire, oil well fire, dust, particulates, and sand
  • Radiation from nuclear weapons testing, depleted uranium, and X-rays
  • Chemicals like chromium, Camp Lejeune water supplies, Agent Orange, other herbicides, pesticides, and industrial solvents
  • Occupational hazards like lead, asbestos, fuel, special paint on military vehicles, insulating fluids, and vibration


Uplift the Lives of Our Heroes with This Simple Gesture

Want to know what it’s like to become a hero to our nation’s heroes? All you have to do is donate an unwanted vehicle to us Veteran Car Donations. You’ll be in awe when you learn how big of a difference your car donation can make in the lives of our struggling veterans.

We’ll put your vehicle up for auction, with the proceeds going to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping our former service members who are living miserable lives, suffering from homelessness, chronic unemployment, service-connected disabilities, and serious illnesses, including mental health disorders.

Our charity partners use the funding we give them to provide deserving veterans with housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, and other services meant to improve their living conditions.

Your charitable contribution will also benefit you in more ways than one. Aside from getting our free vehicle towing service wherever you are in the country, your donation will entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.

On top of the material rewards you’ll get, your vehicle donation will also give you that exquisite feeling of satisfaction, knowing that you’ll be helping uplift the lives of our nation’s hurting heroes.

We accept almost all vehicle types regardless of their ages or conditions.

For more information about Veteran Car Donations, including our quick and stress-free donation process, head over to our FAQs page. You can also give us a call anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or write to us here if you have certain inquiries or concerns in mind.

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Let us work together to give our veterans the decent and dignified life they deserve. Your car donation can help make that happen. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!

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