President Joe Biden speaks about PACT Act at event in Nashua

President Joe Biden speaks about PACT Act at event in Nashua

President Joe Biden flew into New Hampshire on Tuesday for an afternoon of events related to veterans’ health.The president was in the Granite State to tout the success of the PACT Act, which expanded health care access for veterans with injuries from burn pits or other toxic exposure. Federal officials said there have been 5,500 claims made under the act in New Hampshire, and 3,300 have been granted.Biden spoke about the impact of the PACT Act around 1:30 p.m. at the Westwood Park YMCA in Nashua. “Today, I’m proud to announce the VA just granted its 1 millionth PACT Act claim,” Biden said. “A major milestone providing $5.7 million in benefits to 890,000 veterans and families so far in hand, including 3,000 here in New Hampshire.”>> Full video: President Joe Biden speaks about PACT Act at Nashua eventBiden said it was important for veterans to be able to get health care for issues caused by battlefield exposures without having to jump through extra hoops.”It matters because too many servicemembers have not only braved the battlefield, but they also (did it), while breathing in toxic fumes from burn pits and other means,” he said.In Merrimack at the VFW, Biden met with Lisa Clark, an Air Force veteran whose husband was a Vietnam veteran who died of cancer.”They were together 42 years,” Biden said. “He was exposed to Agent Orange during his time in Vietnam. Last year, he passed away from cancer. Thanks to the PACT Act, the burden was not on Lisa to prove the Agent Orange caused the cancer. And, thanks to the PACT Act, Lisa now receives $1,600 a month in survivor benefits.”Under the PACT Act, the grant rate for veterans applying for service-related disability compensation is now 75%, and the VA has paid out more than $5.7 billion in earned benefits to veterans and survivors, according to the White House. “For families who have lost a loved one, the PACT Act means a monthly stipend of about $3,000 a month for a surviving spouse and two children,” Biden said. “And by the way, the surviving spouse gets benefits for the rest of their lives.”Biden first landed at 11:03 a.m. at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and was greeted by local, state and federal leaders.Gov. Chris Sununu, along with Manchester Mayor Jay Ruis and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, greeted Biden at the airport. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan flew in with the president on Air Force One.>> Raw video: President Joe Biden arrives in New HampshireSununu said that any time the president pays a visit, it puts a good focus on New Hampshire.”Any time the president comes, it puts a little spotlight on the citizens here, on a state where local control and local voices are so important,” Sununu said. “It helps.”Ruais said that in his short time with Biden, he was able to get across some of the concerns Manchester is dealing with.”The things that we talked about would be homelessness, addiction, mental health, ensuring that we’re addressing these issues in a comprehensive manner in ways that we can work with our state and federal delegations to get things accomplished for the city of Manchester,” Ruais said.After leaving New Hampshire, Biden went to Boston for fundraising events.>> Watch the president’s arrival in the state via Air Force One:

President Joe Biden flew into New Hampshire on Tuesday for an afternoon of events related to veterans’ health.

The president was in the Granite State to tout the success of the PACT Act, which expanded health care access for veterans with injuries from burn pits or other toxic exposure. Federal officials said there have been 5,500 claims made under the act in New Hampshire, and 3,300 have been granted.

Biden spoke about the impact of the PACT Act around 1:30 p.m. at the Westwood Park YMCA in Nashua.

“Today, I’m proud to announce the VA just granted its 1 millionth PACT Act claim,” Biden said. “A major milestone providing $5.7 million in benefits to 890,000 veterans and families so far in hand, including 3,000 here in New Hampshire.”

>> Full video: President Joe Biden speaks about PACT Act at Nashua event

Biden said it was important for veterans to be able to get health care for issues caused by battlefield exposures without having to jump through extra hoops.

“It matters because too many servicemembers have not only braved the battlefield, but they also (did it), while breathing in toxic fumes from burn pits and other means,” he said.

In Merrimack at the VFW, Biden met with Lisa Clark, an Air Force veteran whose husband was a Vietnam veteran who died of cancer.

“They were together 42 years,” Biden said. “He was exposed to Agent Orange during his time in Vietnam. Last year, he passed away from cancer. Thanks to the PACT Act, the burden was not on Lisa to prove the Agent Orange caused the cancer. And, thanks to the PACT Act, Lisa now receives $1,600 a month in survivor benefits.”

Under the PACT Act, the grant rate for veterans applying for service-related disability compensation is now 75%, and the VA has paid out more than $5.7 billion in earned benefits to veterans and survivors, according to the White House.

“For families who have lost a loved one, the PACT Act means a monthly stipend of about $3,000 a month for a surviving spouse and two children,” Biden said. “And by the way, the surviving spouse gets benefits for the rest of their lives.”

Biden first landed at 11:03 a.m. at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and was greeted by local, state and federal leaders.

Gov. Chris Sununu, along with Manchester Mayor Jay Ruis and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, greeted Biden at the airport. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan flew in with the president on Air Force One.

>> Raw video: President Joe Biden arrives in New Hampshire

Sununu said that any time the president pays a visit, it puts a good focus on New Hampshire.

“Any time the president comes, it puts a little spotlight on the citizens here, on a state where local control and local voices are so important,” Sununu said. “It helps.”

Ruais said that in his short time with Biden, he was able to get across some of the concerns Manchester is dealing with.

“The things that we talked about would be homelessness, addiction, mental health, ensuring that we’re addressing these issues in a comprehensive manner in ways that we can work with our state and federal delegations to get things accomplished for the city of Manchester,” Ruais said.

After leaving New Hampshire, Biden went to Boston for fundraising events.

>> Watch the president’s arrival in the state via Air Force One:

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