In August of 2022 the Pact Act was passed. It expands health care benefits for veterans exposed to a variety of toxic substances. Now the Stratton V.A. is conducting outreach to help identify veterans who have may have been exposed, and to inform them about the expanded coverage. In this episode of Upstate Issues, Diane Donato talks about the Pact Act with Peter Potter, Public Affairs Director, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, and Emil Baker, who volunteers with many groups and works on multiple initiatives involving veterans. Potter says due to the Pact Act, this will probably be the second largest influx of veterans coming in for VA care since the Vietnam Era because there will be such an increase in eligibility. He also explains what a “presumptive condition” designation means. Baker says many veterans don’t know about what is available to them and he wants to spread the word to help more people acquire essential heath care services.