If children of deceased veterans meet certain criteria, they are entitled to dependency and indemnity compensation benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, in the case of the Agent Orange settlement fund, children of deceased veterans can no longer collect these particular benefits.
The Agent Orange settlement fund closed in 1997 after having paid out all the funds that were prescribed by the settlement, which resulted from a 1984 class action lawsuit on behalf of those Vietnam veterans who were affected by Agent Orange, as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs states. The Agent Orange product liability litigation was the name of the lawsuit. The lawsuit settled for $180 million. Beginning in 1988 and ending in 1994, Vietnam veterans or their surviving family members had the opportunity to file their claims for compensation. Cash distributions went out under the payment program. Applications for the payment program had to be submitted prior to Dec. 31, 1994.
In 1997, the Agent Orange settlement fund was ordered closed by the U.S. District Court, as it had paid out all the money it was required to under the settlement, as stated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. No more money can be distributed from this settlement.