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After a long battle, veterans celebrate PACT Act’s passage. But the war goes on for many

After a long battle, veterans celebrate PACT Act’s passage. But the war goes on for many
After a week of delay and debate in Congress, President Biden on Monday will sign legislation that makes it easier for veterans to get VA benefits after becoming sick from exposure to toxins in war zones. But it has been a very long and frustrating road for veterans. Nick Schifrin looks at the PACT Act and the families who have paid a heavy price.

Nick Schifrin: In decades of war, American Marines and soldiers faced an enemy willing to kill.Nick Schifrin: But the fog of war including actual smoke and toxic fumes that could be just as deadly.Nick Schifrin: Many of the 3.Nick Schifrin: The toxic smoke filled the sky and bases where service members lived.

Nick Schifrin: Howard was the son of a soldier who became a Marine and deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2004.Nick Schifrin: She says the VA resisted providing benefits because there was no proof that he got sick because of his service.

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