Vietnam and post-9/11 war vets: Apply by August 9 to receive your full backdated PACT Act benefits – National & International News – WED 2Aug2023

Vietnam and post-9/11 war vets: Apply by August 9 to receive backdated PACT Act benefits.

Why are you paying so much more for gas lately?


Vietnam and post-9/11 war vets: Apply by August 9 to receive backdated PACT Act benefits

Last year, Congress passed The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, or PACT Act. The PACT Act guarantees health coverage and other benefits for veterans of Vietnam and the post-9/11 wars who were exposed to toxins during their service. The big change in the PACT Act is that many post-service health issues for veterans of Vietnam and post-9/11 wars are now automatically considered “service-related”, making veterans who suffered these effects eligible for more coverage and compensation. This means sick veterans are eligible for benefits, even if they have been turned down before!

Benefits can range from $165 to over $4,000 per month, depending on a veteran’s disability rating and their number of dependents. Surviving spouses and minor children of deceased eligible veterans can also apply for compensation.

Any veterans who have suffered these effects should apply by August 9 to receive full backdated compensation and benefits.

Post-9/11 war vets may suffer from the following conditions due to exposure to toxic burn-pits and other environmental hazards at US bases:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Many common types of cancer
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Vietnam War vets who suffered the following health issues following their service are also eligible for compensation:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Parkinson’s disease

Don’t miss this deadlines to claim the compensation. It’s the least your country can do to honor your sacrifices and those of your loved ones!

Apply now at the VA website by clicking here.

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Why are you paying so much more for gas lately?

Anyone who’s bought a tank of gas in this part of the state recently will have noticed that prices have jumped between 30 and 40 cents a gallon just within the last couple of weeks. Gas prices are up nationwide,  with the current national average at about $3.78 per gallon. Mississippi still has the lowest gas prices in the nation, averaging about $3.29 a gallon, with customers paying between $3.25 and $3.39 a gallon depending on where they buy gas.

But even last summer, when gas was averaging $5.00 a gallon nationwide, prices in this part of the state never rose far above $3.00 and didn’t stay there for long. So why are we now only trailing the national average by less than 50 cents? As usual the factors are many and varied, but not terribly informative.

One part of the equation is this year’s heat wave. The Gulf of Mexico is experiencing searing temperatures, averaging well over a 100 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks. In some places, Gulf water temperature has been recorded in the high 90s and even over 100 in shallower water. This has an impact on our oil refineries, many of which are based in the Gulf. Sustained high temperatures force these plants to shut down for safety reasons. Considerable disruptions at the Gulf may have a greater influence on Mississippi gas prices than other factors.

Another factor is global supply. OPEC+ has lowered its daily output by millions of barrels at its last two meetings. But last month, Saudi Arabia decided to cut its own production by millions of barrels as well. US oil companies also export a huge amount of domestically-produced oil to take advantage of higher prices abroad. All of this leads to supply bottlenecks at home.

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