VA and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma host PACT Act Claims event May 24
By U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
May 24, 2023
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Durant, Oklahoma -- On May 24, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., at the Choctaw Nation Headquarters Building in Durant, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will host a PACT Act Presumptive Conditions Campaign Event focused on identifying and assisting veterans across Southern Oklahoma who may have presumptive disabilities and be eligible for a VA pension claim. 


The Choctaw Nation Headquarters Building is located at 1802 Chukka Hina in Durant OK 74701.


The Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances during their military service. This law helps VA provide generations of Veterans — and their survivors — with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.


At the event, on-site Veteran Service Officers will assist with filling out VA disability claim paperwork and VA staff will review claims on-the-spot with the goal of same day approval.


In addition, health information and other benefits will be available from the Oklahoma City and Muskogee VA Health Care System, Muskogee VA Regional Benefits Office, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, local Vet Centers, Tribal and Indian Health Service programs, Tribal Veteran Service Officers, and the Security Disability Determination Office. VA health care representatives will enroll Veterans and provide toxin health screens.


A presumptive disability is a condition that VA presumes are related to military service, although the condition may first appear after discharge from the military. These conditions may qualify for VA compensation payments.


Spouses are encouraged to attend this event as they may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation when a Veteran dies as a result of these presumptive disabilities.


Throughout 2023, VA is continuing a nationwide campaign to increase outreach related to the PACT Act, rolling out Veteran disability enrollment claims events collaboratively with more than 30 tribal communities. VA realizes this outreach effort could have a direct, tangible impact on the lives of thousands of previously unreached Veterans and their spouses.


“With the focus on Veterans with presumptive disabilities and those who are pension eligible, VA is hopeful we can help Indian Country Veterans access the full range of benefits they have courageously earned through their service,” said Stephanie Birdwell, VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations director.


Perhaps the largest health care and benefit expansion in VA history, the PACT Act brings these changes:



If you’re a Veteran or survivor, you can file claims now to apply for PACT Act-related benefits. To learn more about the PACT Act, visit the PACT Act and VA benefits.