Children of Veterans
Born with Birth Defects
of Vietnam veterans born with certain birth
defects may be eligible for a monthly monetary allowance, health care specific to the disability and vocational training if
The law defines “child” as the
natural child of a Vietnam veteran, regardless
of age or marital status. The child must have been conceived after the date on which the veteran first entered the Republic of Vietnam.
Children of Vietnam or Korean
Veterans Born with Spina Bifida: Biological children of male and female veterans who served in Vietnam at any time during
the period beginning Jan. 9, 1962, and ending May 7, 1975, or who served in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) during
the period beginning Sept. 1, 1967, and ending Aug. 31, 1971, may be eligible for certain benefits.
A monetary allowance is paid at one of three disability levels based on the neurological manifestations
that define the severity of disability: impairment of the functioning of extremities, impairment of bowel or bladder function,
and impairment of intellectual functioning.
Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Born with Certain Birth Defects:
Biological children of women veterans who served in Vietnam at any time during the period beginning
on Feb. 28, 1961,
and ending on May 7, 1975, may be eligible for certain benefits because of birth defects associated with the mother’s service in Vietnam that resulted in a
permanent physical or mental disability. The covered birth defects do not include conditions due to family disorders, birth-related
injuries, or fetal or neonatal infirmities with well-established causes.
A monetary allowance is paid
at one of four disability levels based on the child’s degree of permanent disability.