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Olmsted County Veteran Services plans claims clinic for vets exposed to burn pit and Agent Orange

Post-Bulletin - 12/4/2023

Dec. 4—ROCHESTER — Area military veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances will have a chance to get questions answered during a claims clinic later this month.

In response to the federal PACT Act, Olmsted County Veteran Services is collaborating with the Veteran Benefits Administration'sSt. Paul regional office to host the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Dec. 20 at Crawford Hall in Graham Park, 1418 Fairgrounds Ave. SE.

"We are excited to collaborate with the St. Paul Regional Office to bring this PACT Act Claims Clinic to Olmsted County," Olmsted County Veterans Service Manager Tiffany Canfield said in a statement announcing the event. "In addition to Olmsted County, 11 other counties have been invited to participate in this claims clinic. This event exemplifies our commitment to providing accessible and comprehensive support to the veterans in our community."

The PACT Act added to the list of health conditions presumed to be caused by exposure to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances during military service. The law is expected to provide generations of veterans and their survivors with care and benefits.

The Dec. 20 claims clinic is designed to provide essential support and guidance to veterans navigating the complexities of the related claims.

Olmsted County Veteran Services Officers will be available to help assist with claims and answer questions. Additionally, a Veterans Health Administration representative will be on-site to address health-related inquiries.

To participate, veterans are encouraged to secure appointments by navigating to the

Rochester VA Claims

online scheduler at

https://tinyurl.com/y7yhhe6v

or calling their local county veteran services office by Dec. 13. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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