Veterans’ children with birth defects may qualify for help

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The main objective of the Veterans Service Office is to provide prevention, protection, advocacy and support services to veterans and their families so they can maximize their quality of life, well-being and potential.

 The La Plata County Veterans Service Office provides information and assistance to veterans and their families. There is a wide range of benefits available for our nation’s veterans. Every veteran is encouraged to contact the CVSO to find out more about their VA benefits. Your CVSO can assist you in any matter pertaining to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These services are free of charge. Please visit the La Plata County website at www.co.laplata.co.us for more information about what the La Plata County Veterans Service Office can do for you.

The La Plata County Veterans Service Office is co-located with the Durango VA Clinic at 1970 E. Third Ave., Suite 102, Durango, CO. 81301. For clinic appointments, call 247-2214. The Veterans Service Office phone number is 759-0117. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, and appointments are encouraged. Call 382-6150 to schedule an appointment with the Veterans Service Office.

Birth defects in children of female Vietnam veterans

Veterans Affairs presumes that certain birth defects in the biological children of female Vietnam veterans were caused by military service when the birth mother served in Vietnam between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975. Eligible children may receive VA benefits. Birth defects covered by VA are abnormalities present at birth that result in mental or physical disabilities. VA recognizes a wide range of birth defects as associated with women veterans’ service in Vietnam.

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