The long-awaited Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act was finally passed by the United States Senate in a bipartisan vote of 86 to 11. This not only expanded health care and disability benefits to millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits, but it also clears the way for the potentially hundreds of thousands of Americans who were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1987. Americans of all stripes cheered as this happened.
Pete Strom, founder of The Strom Law Firm, said that the United States Senate has “stepped forward to take responsibility for the countless men, women, and children who were poisoned at Camp Lejeune” today.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which is a component of the PACT Act, has been sent to the desk of President Joe Biden as a result of today’s vote. If President Biden signs the bill, it will reopen the claim period for an additional two years, allowing anyone who was affected by the toxic water to file claims for medical and compensatory damages.
The PACT Act has received a significant amount of attention since since Republican resistance prevented the measure from being passed into law the previous week, which resulted in a nationwide response and protest.
According to Bakari Sellers, an attorney at Strom Law Firm, “Potentially hundreds of thousands of Americans are suffering from everything from non-lymphoma Hodgkin’s and liver poisoning to infertility and dementia due of the polluted water at Camp Lejeune.” “Not just the Marines are doing it. It includes their families, their children, the instructors and contractors with whom they work, and many other people. They were not responsible for what happened, and now we have the opportunity to set things right.