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Can I get a toxic exposure screening at VA?

The PACT Act is perhaps the largest health care and benefit expansion in VA history. The full name of the law is The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.

Toxic exposure screenings are available at VA health facilities across the country.

Every Veteran enrolled in VA health care will receive an initial screening and a follow-up screening at least once every 5 years. Veterans who are not enrolled and who meet eligibility requirements will have an opportunity to enroll and receive the screening.

The screening will ask you if you think you were exposed to any of these hazards while serving:

  • Open burn pits and other airborne hazards

  • Gulf War-related exposures

  • Agent Orange

  • Radiation

  • Camp Lejeune contaminated water exposure

  • Other exposures

The VA will then give you information about any benefits, registry exams, and clinical resources you may need.

Ask about the screening at your next VA health care appointment. If you don’t have an upcoming appointment, or if you want to get the screening sooner, contact your local VA health facility. Ask to get screened by the toxic exposure screening navigator.


Connecticut Feds, join us at the Newington Veterans Affairs hospital on 3/28 to learn more.

Please RSVP by emailing leonardo.nunes@va.gov by March 20, 2023.



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