PACT Act shakes veteran community

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Across the nation, veterans of the U.S. military are buzzing about the PACT Act, signed into law Wednesday by President Biden.

The PACT Act addresses 23 diseases including cancer that the VA now recognizes as conditions more than likely caused by exposure to toxins while in service to the country. Things such as asthma and brain cancer are now able to be compensated for after years of denied claims. The PACT Act frees veterans from the “burden of proof” when filing a claim. Before this, veterans were responsible for linking their condition to their military service but now all the proof needed is them being in the outlined countries between specific dates.

Army Veteran Jeremy Harrell who is the CEO and founder of the non-profit organization known as the Veteran’s Club in an interview with News 40 said he was glad that the act had passed. “When you’re over there just doing your job, you’re not thinking about every time you got a headache or when you cough.” Harrell added.

Harrell said during his time overseas, at his base they had 2 burn pits about a football field away from the observation post he manned along with 9 others and was exposed to fumes daily from the burn pits. Harrell told us these pits were full of things such as tires, trash, and medical waste from the hospitals.

Harrell, whose non-profit does it due diligence to aid thousands of veterans both in and out of Kentucky said he believes this act will help around 5 million veterans get the care they need.

You can check out the Veteran’s Club on their facebook page.