On Tuesday, May 21st Joe Biden visited the Westwood Park YMCA in Nashua, New Hampshire. Senator Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, honored Veterans and nearly 100 special guests welcomed the President to the Granite State.

Elizabeth Witmer, Early Education Director of the Westwood Y, said she was especially excited the White House chose the facility in Nashua to host the President.  As a young co-ed at Temple University she saw President Jimmy Carter speak. The opportunity to see another sitting President in person, was for her, an occasion not to be missed. Ms. Witmer said the entire staff was excited to watch the the White House advance team transform the Y’s basketball court into a venue worthy of a Presidential address.

The President’s visit marked the second anniversary of the PACT Act. The bi-partisan legislation extends health care benefits to Veterans exposed to Agent Orange, burn-pits and other toxic substances during their service. The intention of the law is to provide generations of Veterans and their survivors the care they have earned and deserve. One of the most important provisions of the landmark legislation is to delver services without delay. 

The initiative of PACT is predicated on lessons learned after the Vietnam War. Often Veterans returning from Vietnam, suffering the effects of Agent Orange, were additionally burdened by having to prove their symptoms were directly caused by exposure to the toxin. The PACT Act is designed to remove red-tape impediments that required proof of causation.

In Nashua, Joe Biden announced “The VA just granted it’s one-millionth PACT Act claim, a major milestone providing $5.7 billion in benefits to veterans and their families. Now, a 1 million veterans and survivors across all 50 states and U.S. territories are receiving new service-connected disabilities benefits.”  The President said paying claims under the PACT Act delivers more care, more quickly than ever before.

If you or a loved one is interested in filing a claim you are encouraged to apply on-line by visiting: VA.GOV/PACT or calling 1-800-698-2411

Profile picture: President Joe Biden with Dr. Laura Landerman-Garber / Founder of Holidaycardsnh@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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