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Sri Benson (center) holds a photograph of his wife Katie, an Army medic who he said died due to toxic exposure, during the signing ceremony for the PACT Act at the White House on Aug. 10, 2022, The Sgt. First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act is the biggest expansion of veteran's benefits since the Agent Orange Act of 1991.(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Honoring Our PACT Act: a game-changer for Arkansas veterans affected by toxic exposure

BY: - April 18, 2023

Arkansas is home to over 222,000 veterans, which equals nearly 10% of the state’s entire population. During the last century, many were stationed on military bases with known environmental contamination, making these brave people susceptible to developing life-threatening diseases such as liver cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, and bladder cancer. While Arkansas offers special benefits for […]

Workers attempt to move a damaged rail car at the site of train derailment that released hazardous chemicals into a town near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. (Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency)

Federal government to send medical experts to site of Ohio train derailment

BY: - February 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — The federal government is sending medical personnel and toxicologists to conduct public health testing following the derailment of a train carrying hazardous materials that released into a small town near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. A team from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be […]

Sri Benson (center) holds a photograph of his wife Katie, an Army medic who he said died due to toxic exposure, during the signing ceremony for the PACT Act in the East room of the White House on Aug. 10, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year.  The day after President Joe Biden signed the […]