Statement from Commissioner Melinda Kane

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The statement below is by Commissioner Melinda Kane on behalf of the Camden County Board of Commissioners on the signing of the federal PACT Act bill.


“This morning, President Joe Biden signed the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 into law, expanding healthcare for veterans who have been exposed to toxins during their service. This is a tremendous win for the veteran community, and I applaud the President for prioritizing the needs of these brave men and women.


The legislation is named after Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson, who was deployed to Kosovo and Iraq with the Ohio National Guard and died in 2020 from toxic exposure as a result of his military service.


Taking care of those who put their lives on the line for our country is of the utmost importance and must always be a priority. The PACT Act will ensure that veterans suffering with adverse health effects will be able to access necessary medical care while investing resources into further research into the widespread issue of exposure to toxic chemicals in the military. This is the kind of legislation that will allow our veterans to live the healthy and fulfilling lives they so deserve. And will also provide support for the families of veterans by offering things such as a monthly stipend, access to tuition benefits, access to life insurance, home loan assistance and help with health care.


In short, this new law will allow the nation to fund the needed healthcare expenses that veterans deserve from their time serving in our military.


Veterans residing in Camden County can get more information on the PACT Act by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs at (856) 374-5801. An experienced Veteran Service Officer will be waiting to assist all of our local men and women that have worn or continue to wear the uniform of the U.S. Military.”