MONDAY: VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Middle Tennessee State University partnering on PACT Act initiative for Veterans

Aug 07, 2023 at 08:45 am by WGNS News

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – TODAY (MONDAY): In an effort to help Veterans maximize their health care benefits, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) and the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center will host the Murfreesboro PACT Act Summer VetFest August 7 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Andrew Woodfin Miller Sr. Education Center on 503 E. Bell St.

The event is free and open to all Veterans, student-Veterans, and their families.


VA encourages all Veterans to file their PACT Act-related claims by August 9 to backdate their benefits as early as Aug. 10, 2022, the day the PACT Act was signed into law.

Veterans will have an opportunity to enroll in VA health care, file a PACT Act-related claim, and get screened for toxic exposures. Programs and services from VA, MTSU and the community will be available to help connect and educate Veterans with local resources. 

Free parking is located catty corner from the event venue on the corner of E. Bell St. and N. Highland Ave. The event is located on the second floor inside the event center. For more information and details, visit the TVHS website.

The PACT Act is a new law that expands health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. Since the passing of the law on Aug. 10, 2022, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has screened more than 65,000 Veterans for toxic exposures, and 28,253 have reported at least one exposure.

VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is an integrated tertiary health care system comprised of two hospitals, the Alvin C. York campus in Murfreesboro and the Nashville campus, as well as 19 community-based outpatient clinics located in Tennessee and Kentucky. TVHS provides ambulatory care, primary care, and secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, transplant services, spinal cord injury outpatient care, and a full range of extended care and mental health services.

If you can't make it, 615-225-2715.