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VA to prioritize claims under PACT Act for veterans suffering from cancer

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs will prioritize claims from veterans suffering with cancers that stem from exposure to burn pits and other toxins by handling their cases immediately to get them access to care and benefits as quickly as possible, agency officials said Monday.

“This work is a part of President [Joe] Biden’s vision for the Cancer Moonshot, and it’s a part of his broader efforts to end cancer as we know it,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said Monday at a National Press Club luncheon. “So, we will expedite veterans' claims if they have been diagnosed with melanoma, brain cancer, neck cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, glioblastoma, head cancer of any type, respiratory cancer of any type, reproductive cancer of any type, gastrointestinal cancer of any type, lymphoma of any type, and lymphomatic cancer of any type.”

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