Senator Brown Discusses PACT Act With Local Veterans

Senator Sherrod Brown was in Findlay getting the word out to Veterans about the PACT Act, which expands VA benefits to Veterans exposed to toxins.

“If you were exposed to toxins while serving our country, thanks to the PACT Act, you can now get the better benefits and care you’ve earned,” Senator Brown said.

Senator Brown hosted a roundtable discussion at the American Legion on West Front Street in Findlay.

The discussion included Veterans who have been exposed to, and affected by, burn pits and toxins during their military service.

Nichole Coleman, director of the Hancock County Veterans Service Office in Findlay, also attended the discussion.

The legislation is named after Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson, a Central Ohio veteran who passed away in 2020 at age 39 from lung cancer after exposure to burn pits during a one-year deployment in Iraq in 2006.

His mother-in-law attended the roundtable discussion.

The PACT Act is the result of a years-long fight by Brown, veterans and advocates to secure access to Department of Veterans Affairs health care and disability benefits for veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals.

He now is working with Ohio veterans, their families and advocates to bring additional attention to provisions in the PACT Act so veterans can get the care they’ve earned and deserve.

Get more information about the PACT Act from the US Department of Veterans Affairs by clicking here.