Ron Freitas
District Attorney
July 10, 2023

Veterans: You don’t have to pay for help filing for your benefits

You don't have to pay to file for Veterans' benefits

Scammers often pretend to help, but they’re just following the money. And now that veterans and servicemembers exposed to toxic substances get expanded benefits and health care through the PACT Act, dishonest businesses and scammers are trying to get a cut.

You’ve probably seen the commercials on TV or social media about veterans’ health conditions possibly caused by exposure to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. The ads offer so-called help to file a claim. The catch? They’ll charge you a fee, or a percentage of the benefits you get.

What they won’t tell you is that you don’t have to pay to apply for any type of veterans’ benefits, or that free assistance is available. So, if you’re a veteran or servicemember who can use PACT Act benefits, here’s how to keep what you’re entitled to:

If you suspect a scam or run into someone who doesn’t tell you the whole truth about applying for VA benefits, tell the FTC at Found this useful? Please share using #MilConsumer2023.