Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins voted in support of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022. This legislation was negotiated by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Jon Tester (D-MT) – the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The PACT Act overwhelmingly passed the Senate with a vote of 84-14 and now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives and then the President’s desk for signature.
“The brave men and women who have served in our military put themselves in harm’s way, and it is our responsibility to provide them with the highest quality health care for any illnesses linked to their military service,” said Senator Collins. “For far too long, veterans exposed to toxic substances such as Agent Orange and burn pits during their deployments have not received the recognition or resources they needed. This comprehensive legislation puts us on the path to fulfilling the enormous debt we owe these veterans by expanding critical research on toxic exposure and providing relief to toxic-exposed veterans who may be experiencing serious illnesses and debilitating symptoms.”
The PACT Act will ensure all generations of toxic-exposed veterans receive the health care and benefits to which they are entitled by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson deployed to Kosovo and Iraq with the Ohio National Guard. He died in 2020 from toxic exposure as a result of his military service. Among its many priorities, the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 will: