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Hoosier veterans exposed to toxic materials invited to Thursday screening event

Sgt. Joshua Hollars, 27, of El Paso, Texas and two other soldiers from burn trash from the Jaghatu Combat Outpost in a pit located just outside the walls of the base in Jaghatu, Afghanistan, on Sept. 12, 2012. (Photo by Lorenzo Tugnoli/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) — Hoosier veterans exposed to toxic materials can learn more about improved VA benefits and get screened for toxic exposure at a special event on Thursday.

Veteran Health Indiana will host a benefits and event at the Lawrence Armory, 9920 E. 59th Street.

The Promise to Addres Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, known as the PACT Act, improved and expanded VA benefits and health care for veterans exposed to toxic substances including Agent Orange, asbestos, burn pits, and radiation.

Thursday’s event will give veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors to find out more and ask questions about eligibility, enrollment, compensation, and more. Info briefings are scheduled at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. for anyone who wants to learn more.

Toxic exposure screening will also be available. Interested veterans should bring their DD-214.