This week marked one year since President Biden signed the PACT Act, the largest and most comprehensive expansion of care and benefits for toxic-exposed veterans and their families in more than three decades.

This historic law created presumptions for many respiratory illnesses and cancers, making care and benefits easier and more accessible. The law also streamlined VA’s presumption decision-making process, so that veterans don’t have to wait decades for help that they need today, and the law ensures future generations of veterans are better protected.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Veterans and survivors now have until Monday, August 14 at 11:59pm ET to file (or submit an “intent to file”) their PACT Act claim and be eligible for benefits backdated to August 10, 2022.

To take advantage of this extension and file now, visit

Don’t know if you’re eligible for benefits? Learn more at

It is important to note that there is no deadline to file for these benefits – but if you file TODAY, you could qualify for one year of backdated benefits.

My office also continues to help many veterans and their families receive the care and benefits they have earned. If you are a veteran who needs assistance accessing benefits from VA, please contact my office at (805) 379-1779. I’m here to help!

As your representative in Congress, I take no commitment more seriously than to continue to fight for our nation’s veterans and ensure their service to our great nation is honored every day.


Member of Congress