Biden touts 3,000 New Hampshire veterans getting PACT Act healthcare in Nashua visit

During a visit to Nashua’s Westwood Park YMCA on Tuesday, President Joe Biden celebrated the PACT Act’s milestone—1 millionth claim approved nationwide, benefiting 3,000 NH veterans with crucial healthcare for toxic exposures. (Colin Booth/Granite Post)

By Colin Booth

May 21, 2024

President Joe Biden made his second trip of the year to New Hampshire on Tuesday, during a visit to the Westwood Park YMCA in Nashua, where he touted the significant benefits the PACT Act has brought to the state’s veterans and celebrated the 1 millionth claim approved under the law nationwide.

The PACT Act, or the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, expanded healthcare and benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service.

“Today, I’m proud to announce the VA just granted its 1 millionth PACT act claim,” Biden said. “A major milestone providing $5.7 million in benefits to 890,000 veterans and families so far in hand, including 3,000 here in New Hampshire.”

Master Sergeant Nicole Lyon, a New Hampshire native who served in the Army reserves and was exposed to toxic burn pits during her deployments, introduced President Biden and shared her personal experience benefiting from the PACT Act.

“I’m now screened for toxic exposure, lung cancer, and breast cancer. I qualify for life-changing neurologic, pulmonary, and reproductive care,” Lyon said. “And I have the peace of mind of knowing that help is there if I do need it. It’s proof that President Joe Biden has our backs.”

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Biden underscored the PACT Act’s success, noting that more than 4,500 PACT Act-related disability claims have been filed in the state.

“Today, the VA delivered more benefits and processed more overall claims than ever in the entire history of the VA,” he said.

The PACT Act has expanded toxic exposure benefits to more than 505,000 veterans and survivors nationwide.

During his visit, Biden also praised Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen for their pivotal roles in supporting the legislation.

“We owe you. We owe you big,” Biden stated, emphasizing the nation’s sacred obligation to care for its veterans.

The President also committed to making long-needed upgrades to VA facilities in New Hampshire, ensuring that veterans receive the best possible care.

United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough also spoke at the event, extolling the work the Biden administration has done in delivering care to Veterans via the VA.

“It’s our job as a nation to provide vets with the care and benefits they’ve earned. But for too long, that didn’t happen. For too long, too many vets who got sick while fighting for our country then had to fight for their health care and their benefits too.” McDonough said.

“That ended the day President Biden took office. He made it clear then that those days are over.”

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  • Colin Booth

    Based in Epsom, Colin Booth is Granite Post's political correspondent. A Granite State native and veteran political professional with a deep background in journalism, he's worked on campaigns and programs in battleground states across the country, ranging from New Hampshire, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

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