WASHINGTON, DC — The following is the statement of Mary Kaszynski, Director of Government Relations for VoteVets, on Senate passage of the PACT Act:
“The fight to pass this legislation was long, and it faced a lot of needless and cruel hurdles at the hands of Senate Republicans. But justice for our Veterans prevailed now that it has passed, and President Biden will sign it.
“The Honoring our PACT Act will benefit an estimated 3.5 million Veterans, of every generation, from those exposed to Agent Orange to post 9/11 Veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans deserve the care they were promised when they joined the military, and now they will get it.
“We want to thank Democrats in Congress who never stopped pushing to pass this bill – particularly those who served in the military themselves. We also owe a debt of gratitude to President Biden, who takes this issue personally, and took every opportunity to speak about the importance of action on it. To those who stood in the way of swift passage: Even though this fight is done, we will not forget your betrayal of Veterans.”