So far there are 6,680 Montanans among the 1 million veterans who have been screened for military exposures as part of the PACT Act signed into law Aug. 10, federal officials said Wednesday.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said the screenings allow the VA to bring care and benefits to millions of toxic-exposed veterans and their survivors. Veterans enrolled in VA health care will be offered an initial toxic exposure screening then follow-up screenings at least once every five years.
The VA said it surpassed initial screening expectations through outreach campaigns that included hosting more than 90 Week of Action events throughout the nation and in Puerto Rico through Dec. 17. Veterans can get screenings at any time of the year with their VA health care provider.
Dr. Shereef Elnahal, VA undersecretary for health, said health care teams reached an “incredible breakthrough in a short length of time.”
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“These screenings are paramount to improving the health outcomes for veterans and providing them with the health care and benefits they’ve earned as quickly as possible. This is among the first steps we have taken to deliver even more