Spina bifida patients who are natural children of Vietnam and Korea Veterans may be eligible for a monthly monetary allowance.
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.
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:
VA has no requirements regarding the character of the parent's discharge or the length of his or her service.
The affected child must:
Please note: In addition to the monthly monetary allowance, someone with spina bifida may also be eligible for health care specific to the disability, and vocational training if reasonably feasible. If you want to apply for these additional benefits, you must start by applying for the monthly allowance.
To complete an application, use VA Form 21-0304, "Benefits for Certain Children with Disabilities born of Vietnam and Korea Veterans."
Alternatively, VA can send you the form if you call 1-800-827-1000.