VA disability compensation for children of Vietnam veterans

Children of female Vietnam veterans are eligible to receive VA disability compensation for certain birth defects caused by Agent Orange.

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the VA is more apt to grant such benefits to children of female Vietnam veterans than children of male Vietnam Veterans. Birth defects such as loose joints, bowel and bladder disorders, bone abnormalities, hearing loss, reproductive problems, behavior disorders, abnormal skin conditions and spina bifida have been reported for children of Vietnam veterans, but the VA does not provide compensation to children of male veterans for any disability other than spina bifida.

Although the VA claims that there is a lack of research establishing a strong causal connection between birth defects in children of male Vietnam veterans, others say the VA is simply avoiding providing compensation to those dependents who far outweigh dependents of women who served in the war.

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