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Payments/Benefits Excluded In Eligibility Determination

Revised:

21.35

MILITARY COMBAT PAY

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1240-1-4-.15(35)

Additional pay received by military personnel as a result of deployment to a combat zone is to be excluded from income. This is a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, Public Law 108-447. The absent member is not included as a household member in the Food Stamp group. Regardless of the pay arrangement (directly deposited in a bank account or an allotment made by the enlisted person), only the money that is actually made available to the applicant or participating household is counted as income for food stamp purposes.

 

Processing:

 

The caseworker must determine if any of the service personís income made available to the household is as a result of being deployed to a combat zone.

 

A.     Establish the amount of the military personís pay that was actually available to the household prior to deployment to a designated combat zone.

 

        If the military person was a part of the food stamp household prior to the deployment, the amount would be his/her pay prior to the combat supplement.

        If the military person was not a part of the food stamp household prior to the deployment, the amount would be what the person made available to the family before deployment to the combat zone.

 

B.      Determine the amount of pay that the absent member deployed to a designated combat zone is making available to the household.

 

C.      Compare the amount of income available to the household prior to deployment with the amount available to them after deployment to the combat zone.

 

        If the amount of pay available is equal to or less than the amount the household was receiving from the military person prior to deployment, all of the allotment would be counted as income to the household.

        Any portion of the amount that exceeds what they received prior to deployment to a combat zone will be excluded when determining the householdís income for food stamps.

 

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