SAN ANTONIO – A new law allows nearly 3.5 million veterans exposed to burn pits to get health care through the VA without proving their illness was a result of their service in the military.

The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins, or PACT, Act was enacted last week, making it easier to get treatment caused by toxic exposure, like burn pits.

When U.S. Navy veteran John Roberts was serving in Iraq in 2005, he would throw trash into a burn pit.

“It could be a big piece of property, basically, of just trash that’s on fire. And that’s where we throw most of our trash. It’s constantly burning. It’s like it never stops,” Roberts said.

While working, he was constantly inhaling smoke and unknown chemicals.

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