What is the Vietnam Veterans' Sons & Daughters Support Programme?
The Vietnam Veterans' Sons & Daughters Support Programme (VVSDSP) assists eligible children of Vietnam Veterans who have one of the following conditions:
- spina bifida manifesta
- cleft lip
- cleft palate
- adrenal gland cancer
- acute myeloid leukaemia
The VVSDSP provides financial assistance with out-of-pocket expenses for medical treatment for these conditions.
Who is eligible?
You are eligible if you are an Australian citizen residing in Australia, the birth child of an Australian Vietnam veteran and:
- you were conceived after the commencement of your veteran parent’s first or only tour of service in Vietnam, and
- you are medically certified as having spina bifida manifesta, cleft lip, cleft palate, adrenal gland cancer or acute myeloid leukaemia and are eligible for treatment-related benefits for this condition.
There is no age limit for assistance under this programme.
What assistance is available?
For sons and daughters of Australian Vietnam veterans accepted into the programme, VVSDP will pay a range of medical costs related to treatment of the condition for which they were accepted. Costs may be paid in relation to:
- Medical and dental assistance
- Public or private hospital costs
- Aids and appliances
- Allied health care
- Home care
- Home modification
- Pharmaceutical costs
- Physical rehabilitation
- In home and institutional respite care
- Travel and accommodation
More detail about costs payable for each of these services can be found in the VVSDSP Information Brochure.
You should contact the VVSDSP on 1800 550 504 for specific rules relating to each of these services. To have costs paid, you many need prior authorisation from the VVSDSP before you use the service.
How do I access assistance?
You need to register with the VVSDSP. To do this, contact DVA for a registration form by phoning 1800 550 504 or fill in the registration form online and print it out.
Post the completed form to the address on the form and mark the envelope ‘reply paid’. You will also need to include the following documents:
- a letter from an appropriate medical practitioner confirming that you have spina bifida manifesta, cleft lip, cleft palate, acute myeloid leukaemia and/or adrenal gland cancer
- details of your veteran parent’s service including their dates of service in Vietnam and their service number or DVA file number (if known)
- a certified copy of the full extract of your birth certificate.
If you are unable to provide this information yourself, your parent (if you are under 18), guardian or power of attorney can do so on your behalf.
Once DVA has verified the details on the registration form, you will be registered on the programme. DVA will send you an identification card, some claim forms, Reply Paid envelopes and a copy of the VVSDSP information booklet.