NASHUA – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan spoke at the New Hampshire Disabled American Veterans conference earlier this month. At the event, Senator Hassan highlighted how the PACT Act, legislation she helped develop and pass into law to fundamentally reform and improve how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the VA, has already begun to help thousands of New Hampshire veterans.
See below for coverage highlights from The Nashua Telegraph.
By Christopher Roberson
NASHUA – U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) recently went before the New Hampshire Disabled American Veterans Conference to announce that nearly one year has passed since the PACT Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden.
During that time, more than 2,000 veterans, in New Hampshire alone, have filed claims under the PACT Act. The law is ultimately expected to provide benefits to 5 million veterans nationwide.
Spearheaded by Hassan, the purpose of the law is to enhance benefits and services to military veterans who are suffering from health conditions caused by exposure to toxins. Hassan currently serves on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“Our service members here in New Hampshire have risked everything for their country,” she said during the June 9 conference. “We can ensure that no service member is ever forgotten.”
The law was created in memory of Sgt. First Class Heath Robinson who passed away in 2020 following a three-year battle with lung cancer. Prior to his death, Robinson said the cancer was caused by his exposure to burning trash pits while he was stationed in Iraq from 2006 to 2007. […]