Military.com Benefit News Military.com Benefit NewsHow Does a Government Shutdown Affect Health Care for Military Service Members and Veterans? September 18, 2023In the event of a government shutdown, for most active-duty service members and military veterans, your health benefits should not be affected.PACT Act: Agent Orange Toxic Exposure August 31, 2023The PACT Act added two new presumptive medical conditions for Agent Orange exposure plus five new presumptive Vietnam-era locations.PACT Act: Presumptive Conditions August 21, 2023The PACT Act presumes a service connection for myriad conditions related to toxic exposures from burn pits; contaminated water at Marine Corps bases in North Carolina; and the Vietnam-era defoliant, Agent Orange.Where to Get Help Filing a PACT Act Claim August 17, 2023For PACT Act claims, veterans may enlist help from the VA itself; from its accredited representatives, including veterans service organizations; or from veterans offices run by state and local governments.What to Expect When Filing a PACT Act Claim August 14, 2023The VA was in the process of hiring 15,000 new claims processors as the PACT Act reached its first birthday on Aug. 10, 2023, and the average time to process a claim was about 148 days. Here's what potential beneficiaries can expect during the PACT Act application process.How the PACT Act Works for Current VA Beneficiaries August 11, 2023The vast majority of the 4 million veterans the VA had screened for toxic exposures as of July 2023 were already enrolled in VA health care. Here's how the PACT Act could affect current VA beneficiaries.What Survivors of Veterans Need to Know About the PACT Act July 31, 2023The PACT Act linked medical conditions with certain toxins common during some eras or circumstances of military service. Here are some of the most important things survivors need to know if they think they may qualify for compensation under the new law.How USAA’s Face the Fight Is Building a Coalition to Combat Veteran Suicide July 12, 2023Veterans are still dying by suicide at an alarming rate, more than 16 every day, a rate 57% greater than the larger American population.Understanding The Types of Military Discharge June 13, 2023A military discharge is when a service member is released from their military service obligations. More than 200,000 U.S. service members leave the military each year.Learn About Space Force Benefits May 23, 2023Joining the Space Force comes with benefits you may never have considered.