The Secretary may repair or replace any artificial limb, truss, brace, hearing aid, spectacles, or similar appliance (not including dental appliances) reasonably necessary to a veteran and belonging to such veteran which was damaged or destroyed by a fall or other accident caused by a service-connecteddisability for which such veteran is in receipt of, or but for the receipt of retirement pay would be entitled to, disability compensation.
38 U.S. Code § 1719. Repair or replacement of certain prosthetic and other appliances
Effective Date of 1976 Amendment
“The amendment made by this Act [enacting this section] shall apply only with respect to the repair or replacement of artificial limbs, trusses, braces, hearing aids, spectacles, and similar devices damaged or destroyed after the date of enactment of this Act [Oct. 23, 1962].”