Monthly Allowance for Children of Vietnam Veterans Born with Spina Bifida

 

To provide financial assistance to certain children born with spina bifida who are children of individuals who served in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam era.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
64.127
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: Veterans Benefits Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use.
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2007, 1,163 children received benefits. The estimates for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 are 1,165 and 1,167 respectively.
Authorization
38 U.S.C. 1805.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Those children born with spina bifida, except spina bifida occulta, who are natural children of individuals who served in Vietnam, regardless of age or marital status, conceived after the date on which the individual first served in the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975, without regard to the characterization of the individual's service.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children born with spina bifida.
Credentials/Documentation
Birth certificate and military discharge certificate. Child must be born with spina bifida and be the natural child of an individual who served in the Republic of Vietnam between January 2, 1962 through May 2, 1975.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
An application (VA Form 21-0304) may be obtained from a local or regional office (see Appendix IV of the Catalog), and submitted to the regional office. Applications are also available on-line at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/.
Award Procedure
Awards are authorized at the regional office.
Deadlines
None. Entitlement is established from the date of receipt of the application, but not before October 1, 1997.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 57 percent completed in 90 days or less.
Appeals
Available through special board. In the event of a denial, claimants are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.
Renewals
None.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
No restrictions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
None.
Records
None.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
Headquarters Office
Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 461-9700.
Website Address
http://www.va.gov.
Financial Information
Account Identification
36-0102-0-1-701.
Obligations
(Direct Payments) FY 07 $18,254,000; FY 08 est $18,706,000; and FY 09 est $19,207,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Payments are $270, $930, or $1,586 monthly based on the degree of disability of the child.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 CFR 3.814. "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-0-01, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is 051-000-00233-4.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 



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