On Friday, 21 June and Saturday, 22 June, the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Health Care System (OKC VA HCS) partners with resources to kick-off the Summer PACT Act VET-Fest. This 2-day event will bring Norman-area Veterans resources and provide eligible Veterans and family members VA healthcare education, toxic exposure screening and an understanding of what the VA healthcare can offer and assisting Veterans with the VA benefits processes.
The full name of the recent legislation passed is called the Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act and was signed into law on August 10, 2022. The PACT Act is one of the largest expansions of Veteran health care programs and benefits. The PACT Act will benefit millions of Veterans spanning generations of service members from World War II, Vietnam, Gulf War and more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you served between conflicts, don’t be afraid to come in and find out if you qualify. While serving, if Veterans were exposed to toxins (such as agent orange, burn pits, burning oil fields, asbestos, etc.), they-and their survivors-should qualify for benefits.
The OKC VA is hosting this 2-day Summer VET Fest to roll out PACT Act resources and provide VA assistance such as eligibility teams, VA ID Cards, medical experts to provide toxic exposure screening (TES), file claims with the Muskogee Benefits Office, or with the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs or other Veteran Service Organizations present.
On Friday, 21 June and Saturday, 22 June, 2024, Norman-area Veterans are encouraged to come to the Norman Reserve Center, located at 4000 Thunderbird Street, Norman, OK, 73069 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you are unable to attend, please stay connected to the OKC VA Facebook page to stay plugged into the upcoming PACT Act events. If you are a Veteran in the Oklahoma City catchment area and you cannot attend the Norman, OK event, don’t worry, the OKC VA has multiple PACT Act Community Engagements throughout the year. If you can’t make this event, come out to one of our outreach events near you. The OKC VA wants to help Veterans get started in their VA healthcare journey and the Veterans Benefits Association wants to help you file claims. You don’t want to miss out on the PACT Act assistance before it is too late.