Biden Marks One-Millionth PACT Act Claim in New Hampshire


President Joe Biden journeyed to New Hampshire on Tuesday to acknowledge 1 million veterans who have applied for coverage under the PACT Act, a veterans healthcare bill he enacted in 2022.

This legislation broadens coverage for veterans who were exposed to burn pits and toxic substances during their service overseas.

Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, succumbed to brain cancer, which Joe Biden believes was triggered by exposure to burn pits. The president recounted his son’s experience during his address on Tuesday.

“So this is personal to me and my family and his family and his children and so many of yours,” Biden remarked. “Come hell or high water, we’re going to protect the heroes and protect our nation.”

“We came together to keep our promises. Veterans, you are the solid steel spine of our nation, and that’s not hyperbole. Your families are the courageous heart,” Biden added. “Just as you have done your duty to America in the past, we’re now finally beginning to do our duty to you.”

Out of the 1 million claims, the PACT Act has already dispensed $5.7 million in benefits to 890,000 veterans and their families as of Tuesday, based on White House data. New Hampshire has approved around 3,000 of those claims, with approximately 2,000 more pending approval.

Although all four members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation are Democrats, the state appears to be highly competitive for the 2024 general election.

A poll released on Monday by the New Hampshire Journal indicated Biden is almost tied with former President Donald Trump at 36%. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. garnered more than 14% in the same poll, while an additional 12% of respondents stated they would vote for “none” of the listed candidates.

You can watch Biden’s full remarks on our website/app.

Christian Datoc
Christian Datoc
White House Correspondent. He previously covered the White House, Congress, and campaigns for the Daily Caller. Datoc, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, in 2013, where he majored in political science and played varsity baseball.

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