The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act was recently signed into law to expand health care and benefits for Veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances during their time in service. This new law helps provide Veterans and their survivors with the care they’ve earned and deserve.
The signing of the PACT Act was a historic moment for the U.S., representing one of the most significant expansions of health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to toxic substances.
Adam Greathouse is one of the many Veterans who have been exposed to toxic substances. While serving in the Army in 2001, Greathouse nearly lost his life when he came into contact with residual chemical weapons left over from the Kosovo conflict. He was in a coma for two months, suffered a traumatic brain injury and was told he would never walk again. While he beat those odds with hard work and determination, the effects of the chemical exposure forever changed the course of his life, which is why he became an advocate for the PACT Act.
“Advocating for the PACT Act was so important because I was spared to help my brothers and sisters who served 50 years before me and all those after me, in any way that I could,” he says. “I don’t only relate, but I can be a voice for all of us.”
Greathouse became involved with the PACT Act when he was asked by an employee of a Veteran Service Organization if his story could be used to help encourage the passage of the PACT Act, alongside Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore Capito, two senators who were key to its passing.
Knowing how important it was for the PACT Act to be passed to help the countless number of Veterans who have suffered and those who will suffer toxic exposure, Greathouse agreed to help. He believed if his story could help these men and women suffering from toxic exposure, then he was more than happy to share it.
“I wish others understood the long-term effects of chemical exposure,” he says. “Simple things that most people do without even thinking, such as breathing, can be a constant battle after exposure.”
Greathouse was honored to be at the signing of the PACT Act at the White House. Reflecting on the day, he says, “I felt blessed to be able to stand up for all those who have not had a voice for so long. I felt hope for a brighter future for those in need.”
The signing of the PACT Act was a historic moment for the U.S., representing one of the most significant expansions of health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to toxic substances. This legislation is a positive step forward in ensuring our nation delivers on its promise to care for those serving our country and defending our freedoms.