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VA Claims Clinic to be held at Clemson’s Madren Conference Center on Monday, March 11


U.S. Secretary Denis McDonough visits Clemson and spends time with military students in February 2024
Members of the Clemson community meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including Secretary Denis McDonough, in February 2024.
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The Office of Military & Veteran Engagement and Student Veterans Association are co-hosting a claims clinic in conjunction with representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Monday, March 11. The event is open to students, faculty, staff, military family members and local community from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is not required to attend.

Additional representatives will be in attendance from the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs, Dorn Medical Center, Upstate Warrior Solution and local county offices to assist veterans with claims, appeals and other questions related to VA benefits, support and resources.

“We are grateful to University leadership for making this clinic a reality so quickly,” says Emily DaBruzzi, director of Military & Veteran Engagement. “The opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from the VA will be impactful for our veterans and military-connected students.”

The PACT Act was signed into law in 2022 and provides expanded and extended eligibility for VA health care for veterans who served in the Vietnam era, Gulf War era and Post-9/11 era, and to those who were exposed to toxic substances. Veterans filed 1.5 million claims through the PACT Act last year alone, an increase of 40 percent over the previous year.