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September 13, 2023

Rep. Adam Schiff Urges Veterans to Take Advantage of Special VA Health Care Open Enrollment Window

Post-9/11 combat veterans discharged 10+ years ago have until Sept. 30 to take advantage of VA open enrollment period under the PACT Act

Washington, DC —  With an important deadline swiftly approaching, Congressman Adam Schiff is urging post-9/11 combat veterans who were discharged 10 or more years ago to enroll in a one-year special health care enrollment period at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established under the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.

"Post-9/11 combat veterans have sacrificed so much for our nation, and it's our duty to ensure they receive the care and support they need," said Rep. Adam Schiff. "The impact of different health conditions, including toxic exposure, can manifest years after their service. That's why I urge all eligible veterans to seize the opportunity awarded under the PACT Act, and enroll in VA health care. Our veterans deserve nothing less than the best care possible."

The PACT Act —which was signed into law last August— expands VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. The PACT Act also created a one-year special enrollment period for post-9/11 combat veterans who are not currently enrolled in VA health care.

The enrollment deadline is September 30. By taking advantage of the open enrollment period, veterans can avoid phased-in enrollment, which can mean waiting up to 10 years until they are eligible. To make the application process easier, veterans can seek assistance from a VA-accredited Veterans Service Organization to enroll with the VA as soon as possible.

For more information on how to apply, visit or by calling 1-800-MY VA 411.