PACT Act Caution

Camp LeJeune

Gary Crowden, Chairman, Brunswick County Veterans' Coalition

“The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act” (PACT) Act is one of the largest pieces of veteran legislation ever. Undoubtedly, you have seen advertisements on TV from legal teams soliciting potential clients to file a lawsuit to collect compensation.

The PACT Act does allow veterans and their dependents to sue the government for Camp Lejeune’s toxic exposure. However, if veterans participate in a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and receive compensation, the Justice Department will consult with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to “offset” any lawsuit compensation a veteran has already received (or is receiving) from the VA for the same disabilities. The government will not allow you to be compensated twice for the same purpose.

Any lawyer that tells you monies received from the lawsuit will not affect your VA disability compensation, it is just plain wrong. So, be very careful if you wish to pursue the lawsuit.

For more information on The PACT Act and your VA benefits visit: