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Gottheimer highlights PACT Act resources for New Jersey veterans

NORTH JERSEY — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosted a virtual information session with representatives from the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Newark Regional Office to highlight federal resources made available to veterans through the Honoring Our PACT Act, or PACT Act.

In 2022, Gottheimer helped lead, craft, and pass the PACT Act to expand eligibility to VA health care for 3.5 million veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War, and post-9/11 eras who experienced toxic exposure to burn pits.

The PACT Act makes sure veterans are made aware of toxic exposure illness and have full access to life-saving treatment.

“There is nothing more important in this job than my responsibility to have the backs of those who have served our great country. Whether that’s assistance with a VA claim, a mental health issue, or helping a veteran get a job when you come back home,” Gottheimer said. “That’s why I’ve decided to organize tonight’s gathering with our VA experts.”

Veterans who have questions about burn pit registry claims or other federal services can call the Congressman’s Fair Lawn Office at 201-389-1100.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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