What benefits/services are now available for Vietnam veterans’ children with spina bifida?
Monetary allowance. Public Law 104-204 provides that the monthly monetary allowance for any Vietnam veteran’s child with spina bifida be based on the degree of disability suffered by the child. The law required VA to establish three levels of disability for this allowance. Under the final regulations, the stipend or monthly monetary allowance ranges from $232 to $1,373 (rates effective December 1, 2002), based on the degree of disability suffered by the child. This allowance is subject to annual cost-of-living increases and will not be counted as income in any federal means-tested programs. Vietnam veterans’ children are eligible for the monthly allowance throughout their lives, regardless of their age or marital status. VA regulations defined the three levels of disability as follows: · For Level I, the least severe level of disability, the child is able to walk without braces or other external support, has no sensory or motor impairment of arms, has an intelligence quotient (I.Q.) of