Support for Viet Nam veterans & families

A package of support for Viet Nam veterans & families is based on a 2006 Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown, Ex-Viet Nam Services Association, & Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association. 

Registration (veteran & family)

The register of Viet Nam veterans & families was set up to:

  • monitor trends in health and wellbeing of veterans and families; and
  • provide information to veterans.

The following can be registered (whether living or deceased):

  • Viet Nam veterans
  • spouses & partners of Viet Nam veterans
  • children & grandchildren of Viet Nam veterans.

Annual Medical Assessment (veteran)

As a Viet Nam veteran, you can have a free yearly check-up with your regular medical practitioner. You must be registered as a Viet Nam veteran to access this.

Children’s Card (child)

The Children’s Card is for children of Viet Nam veterans (including whāngai, adopted children, stepchildren and grandchildren raised as children).

Its purpose is to identify you as such to medical professionals. To access it, you must be registered as the child of a Viet Nam veteran.

Counselling (partner, child)

Funding for counselling, for issues to do with a veteran’s Viet Nam service, may be accessed by the veteran's:

  • children (including whāngai, adopted children, stepchildren, and grandchildren raised as children)
  • spouse/partner (including ex-spouse/ex-partner).

Funding for genetic counselling may be accessed by the veteran's natural-born children.

Ex-gratia Payments (veteran, partner, child)

Payment for veteran or surviving spouse

Viet Nam veterans may qualify for an Ex-gratia Payment of $40,000, if diagnosed by a specialist with one of:

  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Chloracne
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (includes Hairy-cell Leukaemia and other chronic B-cell Leukaemia’s).

The surviving spouse or partner of a deceased Viet Nam veteran may qualify for an Ex-gratia Payment of $25,000, if the veteran:

  • passed away from one of these 5 conditions; and
  • hadn’t had an ex-gratia payment.

Payment for child

Natural-born children of Viet Nam veterans may qualify for an Ex-gratia Payment of $30,000, if diagnosed with one of:

  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Acute Myeloid Leukaemia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cleft Palate
  • Cleft Lip.

If the child passed away from the condition, immediate family may be able to claim an Ex-gratia Payment of $30,000.

Veterans & Families Trust

Funding from the Viet Nam Veterans & Families Trust may be sought by Viet Nam veterans or family members struggling with poverty or hardship.

Visit the Viet Nam Veterans & their Families Trust website. (external link)

Other support (under Veterans' Support Act)

You may qualify for entitlements & services under the Veterans' Support Act. (Any entitlement under the Act is additional to the support set out above). 

Conditions on Conclusively Presumed List (for Viet Nam) may be automatically accepted as linked to Viet Nam service, for entitlement under the Act.

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