KINGSTON – Congressman Pat Ryan joined Castle Point VA leadership and local veterans to discuss the PACT Act and enroll veterans in VA health care. The PACT Act is the largest expansion of veteran health care and benefits in decades.
“As a Congressman, I have a sacred duty to deliver for my brothers and sisters who served this country in uniform, and the PACT Act does just that,” said Congressman Ryan. “This crucial legislation ensures that the up to 3.5 million veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals can access the health care services they need. This issue is personal for me- having served two combat tours in Iraq, I just signed up for coverage myself. To all my fellow veterans, regardless of separation date or previous eligibility, I encourage you to do the same. You put your lives on the line for this country, and these are benefits you’ve more than earned.”
“The passing of the PACT Act is proof that President Lincoln’s promise to care for the men and women who are America’s Veterans continues to be fulfilled by VA and a grateful nation,” said Dawn Schaal, VA Hudson Valley Medical Center Director. “Congressman Ryan’s support, on the floor of the House and here within our doors today, is deeply valued by VA and the Veterans we serve.”
The PACT Act is the largest expansion of veteran health care and benefits in decades. This Week of Action event is part of VA’s broader efforts to ensure that every eligible Veteran and survivor gets their PACT Act-related health care and benefits. For Post-9/11 combat veterans who separated or discharged between September 11, 2001, and October 1, 2013, the special enrollment period runs until October 1, 2023. Enrollment is free, there are no annual costs, and care may be free as well. To learn more, please visit VA.gov/PACT.