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VA - Birth Defects Assistance - Payments for Children with Spina Bifida whose Parents Served in Vietnam or Korea

Veterans-Active Duty > VA - Birth Defects Assistance - Payments for Children with Spina Bifida whose Parents Served in Vietnam or Korea


Program Description:

Spina Bifida patients who are natural children of Vietnam and Korea veterans may be eligible for a monthly monetary allowance.

The allowance is paid at three different levels, depending on how severe the disability is.

Please note: If you want to apply for either of the other Spina Bifida benefits (health care assistance or vocational training), you must start by applying for the monthly allowance.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be the biological child of a male or female veteran who served in Vietnam or on the Korean demilitarized zone during specific time periods.

Your birth father or mother must have:

  • Served in Vietnam during the period from January 9, 1962, through May 7, 1975, or
  • Served in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) during the period from September 1, 1967, through August 31, 1971 and have been exposed to herbicides.
VA has no requirements regarding the character of the parent's discharge or the length of his or her service.

You must be diagnosed with a form of Spina Bifida other than Spina Bifida Occulta.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

To find out if you're eligible for this benefit, you must first complete the form, "Benefits for Certain Children with Disabilities born of Vietnam Veterans" (VA Form 21-0304). Forms can be found at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/Alternatively, VA can send you the form if you call 1-800-827-1000.


Program Contact Information:

If you have questions about this benefit or would like to speak with a VA benefit specialist, you can call VA toll-free at:

People who are hearing impaired may call this toll-free TTY number:

For more information, visit:


Managing Agency:

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

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