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2023 birth defect compensation rates

Review 2023 compensation rates for Vietnam and Korea Veterans’ children who have spina bifida as well as women Vietnam Veterans’ children with certain other birth defects.

Rates effective December 1, 2022

The rates listed here show your monthly rate (or payment amount) based on the severity of the child’s disability, from least to most disabling. 

Vietnam and Korea Veterans’ children with spina bifida

  • Level I (least disabling): $394
  • Level II: $1,339
  • Level III (most disabling): $2,279

Women Vietnam Veterans’ children with certain other birth defects

  • Level I (least disabling): $184
  • Level II: $394
  • Level III: $1,339
  • Level IV (most disabling): $2,279

How do I know if my child is eligible for compensation?

If you served in Vietnam or Thailand, or in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)—and your child has spina bifida or certain other birth defects—your child may be able to get compensation (payments) and other disability benefits. 

Learn more about disability benefits for birth defects

Past rates

Check birth defect compensation rates for past years.

2022 rates (effective December 1, 2021)
2021 rates (effective December 1, 2020)
2020 rates (effective December 1, 2019)
2019 rates (effective December 1, 2018)
2018 rates (effective December 1, 2017)