One Year of President Biden’s Pact Act in New Mexico

PRESS CONTACT: McKenzie Wilson, [email protected], 773-715-0169


WASHINGTON, D.C. One week from today marks the one-year anniversary of President Biden signing the PACT Act into law, the largest expansion of VA benefits for toxic-exposed veterans in more than 30 years. The bill has helped deliver more timely benefits and services to millions of Veterans across generations exposed to toxic substances like burn pits and Agent Orange during their service. 

While there is no formal date Veterans need apply for these new benefits, Veterans have until August 9, 2023 to apply for the PACT Act to have their benefits backdated to when the PACT Act was signed into law.

Ahead of the anniversary, Building Back Together spokesperson McKenzie Wilson released the following statement:

“One year ago, President Biden signed a historic expansion of VA benefits — the largest expansion of services for toxic-exposed Veterans in more than thirty years. Already, the PACT Act has made huge impacts in the lives of Veterans and survivors who were exposed to hazardous environments or substances in the line of duty. As President Biden has repeatedly proclaimed, this bill is delivering on our sacred obligation to care for America’s Veterans and their families. We thank the President for not just spearheading this historic expansion, and encourage all New Mexico Veterans and their families to visit to apply for these benefits.”

Over the past year, the PACT Act has had a major impact for Veterans and their families. As of July 15th, 5,301 New Mexico Veterans have signed up for PACT Act benefits since President Biden signed the legislation into law last August. 

Across the country, more than 3.7 million Veterans have received the new toxic exposure screenings. Service members, Veterans, and family members should go to to file a claim or submit their intent to file for PACT Act benefits or calling 1-800-MY-VA-411.