McKinley Stands Up For Veterans, Votes in Support of the Honoring Our PACT Act
The Bill Expands Access to VA Healthcare and Benefits for Those Exposed to Toxic Chemicals
Washington, July 14, 2022
Washington, D.C. — Today, West Virginia’s veterans are receiving a boost as the Honoring our Promises to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act passes the House of Representatives and heads to the desk of President Biden to be signed into law. Congressman David B. McKinley has been a proud supporter of the PACT Act and voted “yes” on the bill yesterday.
The PACT Act expands health care benefits to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service, like Agent Orange, radiation, and burn pits.
“The men and women of our armed forces put their lives on the line for our defense, often at the expense of their own health, safety, and well-being,” said Rep. McKinley. “Our veterans aren’t only subject to the risks that come with their active-duty service. They endure lifelong battles with physical and mental health, including past exposure to dangerous toxic substances that can result in rare cancers and other debilitating respiratory conditions.”
“Since entering office, I have consistently heard from veterans in West Virginia who have been negatively impacted due to exposure to toxic substances during their service. Unfortunately, the health problems are only the start of the problem, as many of these veterans have health care benefits that are either delayed or denied altogether. Our veterans deserve unwavering support, and I am honored today that the House was finally able to act and answer their pleas for help.”
American Legion Department of West Virginia, Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of West Virginia, West Virginia Goldstar Mothers, and Disabled American Veterans - West Virginia
McKinley has supported other key legislation to help veterans in recent months:
The Honoring our Promises to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act is named in honor of Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson, who died due to his exposure to toxic substances during his time in active duty. This legislation will expand health care and benefits to veterans who have been exposed to toxic substances.
The PACT Act is also endorsed by all major national veterans’ service organizations, including: