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Opinion Celebrate the Pact Act’s passing. Mourn what it took to get here.

Bill to aid veterans exposed to hazardous toxins passed in Senate by 86 votes to 11. Julian Zelizer: Pact Act passed with broad bipartisan support is a testament to the work of veterans, military families and advocacy groups. It was delayed at the last minute, and used to score political points, is an outrage, he says. Zelizer says more than 70 percent of disability claims related to burn pits are denied by the VA because it is difficult to prove link between exposure and individual conditions. It would also extend VA medical care to veterans who served in recent wars for five additional years, Zelizer writes. For nearly a week, those who had flown to D.C. to celebrate the act’s passage instead campaigned day and night.