Children who have spina bifida or certain other birth defects and are biological children of Veterans with qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea may be eligible for a range of VA benefits, starting with compensation, a monthly monetary allowance based on the child’s degree of disability.
After VA determines eligibility for compensation, we offer these additional benefits:
Complete VA Form 21-0304 (457 KB, PDF) to apply for all three benefits.
There are different eligibility requirements for children with spina bifida and children with other birth defects.
The birth defect must have 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.
Children who have spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta) and are biological children of Veterans who served in Vietnam or in the demilitarized zone in Korea during the Vietnam era may be eligible if the birth father or mother served:
The affected child must have been conceived after the Veteran first entered Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone during the qualifying service period.
Children who have certain birth defects and are biological children of women Veterans who served in Vietnam may be eligible if the birth mother served in Vietnam during the period beginning February 28, 1961 and ending on May 7, 1975.
The affected child must have been conceived after the Veteran first entered Vietnam during the qualifying service period.
Complete VA Form 21-0304 (457 KB, PDF), Application for Benefits for Certain Children with Disabilities born of Vietnam and Certain Korea Service Veterans.
Mail the completed form to the address on the form.
Questions? Call toll-free 1-888-820-1756 or 1-800-829-4833 (TDD for hearing impaired).