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Slotkin, VA leaders to host Veterans Town Hall on PACT Act

Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Lansing) will join John Boerstler, Chief Veterans Experience Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), on Friday, May 5th for a town hall in E. Lansing with local veterans to address the provisions of the Honoring Our PACT Act, which expands VA benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.

According to a press release, Slotkin and Boerstler will discuss how veterans can access care and answer questions surrounding the PACT Act, which was signed into law last year.

Described as “one of the largest health and benefit expansions in American history,” Slotkin authored and introduced one of the component bills, the Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act, which makes it easier for toxic exposed veterans to obtain specialized care and benefits. The law also expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for veterans of the Vietnam era, Gulf War era, and Post-9/11 era. Last month, the VA announced that over 3 million veterans have already received toxic exposure screenings since the PACT Act was signed into law.

The town hall welcomes veterans, their families, and their caregivers for open dialogue and to learn more about the PACT Act and how to access the many benefits it offers. VA doctors, nurses, benefits, and healthcare counselors will all be on-site and available for questions.

WHO: U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin and VA Chief Veterans Experience Officer John Boerstler
WHAT: Veterans Town Hall
WHEN: Friday, May 5, 2023 at 12:30pm
WHERE: East Lansing (location provided upon RSVP)

Veterans interested in attending should RSVP to Mona Shand: Mona.Shand@Mail.house.gov

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