The family members of the veterans are as well eligible to avail certain health benefits under certain circumstances. Few of the programs offering special benefits are Spina Bifida (SB), Caregiver, Children of Women Vietnam Veterans (CWVV) and Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). These programs can significantly assist in cutting down the costs of office visits, prescriptions and medical supplies.
Spina Bifida Health Care Program
This health benefit program is offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This covers the children of the Korean and Vietnam veterans who have been diagnosed with Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida Occulta is an exception under this health benefit program. The program assists in supplies and medical services needed for the treatment.
Children of Women Vietnam Veterans (CWVV) Program
This is a federal health benefit program which is offered to the women Vietnam veterans. Financial assistance is offered to the children of women veterans who were born with birth defects. Reimbursement is offered for medical conditions which were associated with the birth of the children of the women veterans. Defects such as Spina Bifida aren’t considered under this program. Biological children of women Vietnam veterans who were conceived after the entry into the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 are eligible to avail this health benefit program.
If the primary caregivers of the OIF/OEF veterans are not entitled to any services or care under the contract of health care which includes worker’s compensation, Medicaid or Medicare, then they are eligible to access health care benefits. They are offered stipend which can cover up their medical expenses. Counseling is also provided to the primary caregivers of the veterans, which includes marriage, family and health counseling. While accompanying the veterans for training or for care, they are even eligible for lodging and traveling reimbursements. VA is of the opinion that supporting and caring for the caregivers of the veterans has a wonderful impact on the lives of the veterans.