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Scammers often pretend to help, but they’re just following the money. And now that veterans and servicemembers exposed to toxic substances get expanded benefits and health care through the PACT Act, dishonest businesses and scammers are trying to get a cut.

You’ve probably seen the commercials on TV or social media about veterans’ health conditions possibly caused by exposure to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. The ads offer so-called help to file a claim. The catch? They’ll charge you a fee, or a percentage of the benefits you get.

What they won’t tell you is that you don’t have to pay to apply for any type of veterans’ benefits, or that free assistance is available. So, if you’re a veteran or servicemember who can use PACT Act benefits, here’s how to keep what you’re entitled to:

If you suspect a scam or run into someone who doesn’t tell you the whole truth about applying for VA benefits, tell the FTC at Found this useful? Please share using #MilConsumer2023.

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Roy sessums
July 20, 2023

The pact act only cover xyz what about Bosnia, we slept with kerosene Heather's and waking up with black sud in ower nostrils. That's probably I have a real problem with my sinuses and headaches ( migraines).

July 19, 2023

And what about veterans that have applied for va benefits that have been turned down about 4 times??

Timothy Wallace
July 19, 2023

Thank you
Peace and God bless

Rita Long
July 19, 2023

This is very helpful. I have a question? Well I'm getting 60% medical disable and 40% unemployable. Now I've been filing for my PTSD for military sex trauma but they keep denying me. Is there a separate claim. I'm suppose to file for that. Or what . Please inform me on what I need to do. Because this has been a pain for me mentally and emotionally. It had been causing me to isolate. Can u point me in the right direction. Thank u.

JB Shandrew
July 19, 2023

I, once put a stop to this at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center at the HPAC Building. They tried to prey on the most vulnerable Veteran in the Waiting Room. I, yelled at the team who was trying to get money from a Homeless Veteran.