Department of Social Services
Family Support Division
PO Box 2320
Jefferson City, Missouri
TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES
FROM: REGINALD McELHANNON, INTERIM DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: CLARIFICATION OF VETERANS’ BENEFIT INCOME AND UPDATE OF AGENT ORANGE SETTLEMENT FUND PAYMENTS FOR ALL PROGRAMS
The purpose of this memorandum is to inform staff of updates to Veterans’ Benefits and Agent Orange Settlement Fund income in manual sections for the Temporary Assistance, MO HealthNet, Food Stamps, and Child Care programs.
The funding for this settlement fund was created as a result of a class action lawsuit, Re: Agent Orange product liability litigation, M.D.L. No. 381 (E.D.N.Y).
The Agent Orange Settlement Fund closed in 1997. This unearned income source is no longer valid.
Updates have been made to explain benefits paid by the Veterans Administration (VA) to veterans with service-related disabilities include payments for disabilities due to exposure to Agent Orange.
Refer to the chart below to review specific manual sections updated as a result of these changes.
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Due to these updates, the Unearned Income (UI) sources of Agent Orange AETNA (AO) and Agent Orange Veteran’s Benefits (AV) are no longer valid. Until changes are made in FAMIS, discontinue using income types AV and AO in FAMIS. Use income type VA for all disability payments issued by the Veterans Administration to disabled veterans. In MEDES, discontinue using income types Agent Orange Aetna and Agent Orange Veterans Benefits.
- Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.