Sen. Blumenthal encourages military veterans exposed to burn pits to apply for VA benefits

U.S. military veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins are now eligible for special benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

News 12 Staff

Oct 2, 2022, 12:01 PM

Updated 661 days ago

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U.S. military veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins are now eligible for special benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal is encouraging veterans who left the service between Oct. 1, 2001 and Oct. 1, 2013, and have never enrolled in V.A. healthcare, to apply for the benefits.
"That is historic, a milestone benefit for veterans, available beginning today, and I hope all veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and were exposed to the toxic chemicals there will apply,” Blumenthal says. 
He says millions can take advantage of a one-year special enrollment period.
For the application, click here.


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