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Veterans Receive Vital Support at PACT Act Event

 Ranita Ivey (left), Women’s Health Program Support at VA Augusta Health Care System, shares maternity care information Army Veteran Lawanda Boswell is surprised to hear.

Ranita Ivey (left), Women’s Health Program Support at VA Augusta Health Care System, shares maternity care information Army Veteran Lawanda Boswell is surprised to hear. Boswell looks forward to sharing the information with her friends and exploring women’s healthcare services and opportunities now available to her.

By Megan Kon
Friday, April 26, 2024

Hundreds of Veterans from across the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and beyond gathered at Augusta Tech today for a crucial event aimed at providing support and assistance through the VA PACT Act.

More than 500 Veterans registered for the event, with over 300 in attendance, underscoring the importance of accessible benefits and resources among the Veteran community.

Among them was Lawanda Boswell, an Army Veteran with 20 years of service. "I greatly appreciate the valuable information and the contacts I received," Boswell said. She also expressed gratitude for the focus on women's health care and acknowledged its significance for Veterans like herself.

The expansion of the PACT Act has opened doors for Veterans exposed to various toxic substances during their service, including burn pits and Agent Orange, regardless of whether they served in combat. This expansion ensures that Veterans receive the care and benefits they rightfully deserve.

The Warrior Alliance (TWA) spearheaded the event, collaborating with key stakeholders such as the VA Augusta Health Care System and the Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs to offer comprehensive benefits and claims assistance. Various VA outreach teams, including those focusing on women's health and caregiver support, were present to provide personalized assistance.

TWA President and CEO Scott Johnson emphasized the importance of supporting Veterans in accessing their entitled benefits, particularly those exposed to hazardous substances during their military tenure. The collaboration between TWA and local partners aims to provide ongoing support to Veterans across Georgia.

Since 2023, TWA has organized multiple VA PACT Act events, ensuring that Veterans receive real-time assistance and access to essential services. The event also saw participation from several community organizations, further enhancing the support network available to Veterans.

Partners such as Disabled American Veterans, Habitat for Humanity, and Hire Heroes USA, among others, underscored the collective commitment to serving those who have served their country.

The event provided immediate assistance and fostered a sense of community and solidarity among Veterans and their supporters, reaffirming the importance of ongoing support for those who have sacrificed for their nation.

For more information on VA benefits and upcoming events, visit


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