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
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: Veterans Benefits Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use.
In fiscal year 2007, 1,163 children received benefits. The estimates for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 are 1,165 and 1,167 respectively.
38 U.S.C. 1805.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
Children born with spina bifida.
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?
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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/.
Awards are authorized at the regional office.
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.
Available through special board. In the event of a denial, claimants are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 461-9700.
(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.
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