Family of Vietnam Veterans May Be Eligible for Benefits and Compensation
Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange may suffer from several disabling health conditions known to be associated with herbicide exposure. Aside from causing disabilities in veterans, Agent Orange may also affect the children of some veterans.
Benefits for Vietnam Vets’ Spouses and Children
Children of Vietnam veterans born with certain birth defects may be entitled to compensation. They must confirm that their parents served in Vietnam or the Korean Demilitarized Zone during certain periods. To qualify for these benefits, the child must show proof of their parents’ service and documentation of their birth defect.
Spouses and children of Vietnam veterans may also be entitled to health care through the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) if they are not also eligible for the Department of Defense’s TRICARE program. Eligibility is available to spouses and children of Vietnam veterans rated permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability.
Benefits may also be available for surviving dependents of a deceased Vietnam veteran if the veteran was designated as totally disabled with a service-connected disability before his or her death, or if they died in combat (though families may be eligible for TRICARE in this case). Dependants and survivors of Vietnam veterans disabled due to Agent Orange may also be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
There are many conditions to be met for spouses and children of Vietnam veterans, living or deceased, to obtain compensation and benefits from the VA. A veterans’ disability representative can help you determine which benefit programs are available to your family. An associate can even help appeal any denied applications which require more evidence or reconsideration.
If you are the relative of a Vietnam veteran exposed to Agent Orange and you are seeking benefits of your own, contact the Disability Help Group to learn about your options. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.