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Stop-Loss claims must be submitted by March 4

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By The Staff

The deadline for submitting stop-loss claims by service members whose service was extended beyond their enlistment has been extended to March 4.

The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established retroactive stop loss special pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month or partial month served in stop loss status.  Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under the stop loss program between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for for the retroactive pay.

To receive this benefit, those who served under stop loss must submit a claim for the special pay (by Mar 4, 2011).  Throughout the year, the services have been reaching out to service members, veterans and their families through direct mail, veteran service organizations, and the media.  But there is still money left to be claimed, and the deadline is approaching. 

The average benefit is $3,700.

One note, is that stop-lossed service members who voluntarily reenlisted or extended their service, and received a bonus for such reenlistment or extension of service, are not eligible for retroactive stop loss special pay. 

The DoD Web site, www.defense.gov/stoploss, links to service-specific sites, where you can get more information, or begin the RSLSP claim process.