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Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Benefits for Certain Children with Disabilities Born of Vietnam and Certain Korea Service Veterans

Benefits for Certain Children with Disabilities Born of Vietnam and Certain Korea Service Veterans (Chapter 18)

VA's Benefits for Certain Children with Disabilities Born of Vietnam and Certain Korea Service Veterans (Chapter 18) program provides services to enable the eligible individual to achieve a vocational goal and reach the level of employability needed for entry into employment in a suitable occupation.

Eligibility: 

  • Biological children of Vietnam Veterans diagnosed with spina bifida, including all forms of spina bifida except spina bifida occulta
  • Children of women Vietnam Veterans born with certain birth defects that are associated with the service of those Veterans in the Republic of Vietnam that result in a permanent physical, cognitive or psychological disorder, and do not result from a familial disorder, a birth-related injury or a fetal or neonatal infirmity with well-established causes
  • Children born with spina bifida to Veterans exposed to herbicides who served in or near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea between September 1, 1967 and August 31, 1971
  • Participants include dependents between the ages of 14 to 31

 Services Include: 

  • Services to Improve Vocational Potential (diagnostic services and medical treatment; personal and work adjustment training; vocationally oriented independent living services; training in adaptive techniques and use of adaptive equipment; orientation, adjustment, mobility and related services; and other services to assist functioning in the proposed training or work environment)
  • Vocationally Oriented Training (tuition, fees, books, equipment, supplies, and handling charges related to the cost of training)
  • Employment Assistance (vocational, psychological, employment and personal adjustment counseling services, designed to assist the individual obtain and maintain suitable employment)
  • Vocationally Oriented Independent Living Services
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Counseling Services (designed to ensure the individual meets his/her vocational goal) 

It's simple to apply. Just follow these steps: 

  • Open and Print VA Form 21-0304
  • Complete and mail the form to: 

    VA Regional Office
    Veterans Service Center (339/21)
    Box 25126
    Denver, CO 80225

  • If it is determined that you are eligible, you will be invited to attend an orientation session at the nearest VA Regional Office