Program DescriptionThe program covers most healthcare services and supplies that are medically or psychologically necessary for the treatment of conditions related to the covered birth defect.
Veteran Affairs (VA) can also reimburse expenses for travel to and from your doctor or health care facility.
Some services require specific advance approval or preauthorization.
General Program RequirementsIf you have a birth defect and your mother served in Vietnam, VA may be able to pay for some of your health care.
Your birth mother must have served in Vietnam during the period from February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975.
VA has no requirements regarding the character of the mother's discharge or the length of her service.
Eligibility rules with respect to the birth defect itself are somewhat complex. Some kinds of birth defects automatically qualify; some have to be studied case-by-case; some are not covered by the law.
If you have any birth defect, we urge you to apply and let us determine whether you're eligible.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo complete an application, use VA Form 21-0304, "Benefits for Certain Children with Disabilities Born of Vietnam & Certain Korea Service Veterans." You can download the form at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/.
When you complete the form, send it to:
VA Regional Office
Veterans Service Center (339/21)
Denver, CO 80225
Detailed program information, including a program handbook, brochures, and facts sheets, is available for review or download at:
Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/spina/spina.asp
If you have questions:
- Visit https://iris.custhelp.com/ to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 1-888-820-1756