Deadline for ‘Stop Loss’ special pay approaches

| November 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are working to remind veterans and current service members who were involuntarily retained in the military under the so-called “Stop Loss” program, to apply for special pay before the Dec. 3 deadline.

Military members whose service was involuntarily extended or whose retirement was suspended between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, are entitled to a retroactive payment of $500 for each month of extension.

By law, service members who received a bonus for voluntarily re-enlisting or extending their service are not eligible for the special pay, officials said, but they strongly urge people who even think they may be eligible, to submit an application before the deadline.

About 65,000 of 145,000 eligible claims have been paid, and $243 million has been disbursed of the $534 million appropriated, officials said.

President Barack Obama released a video message Sept. 15, urging eligible service members and veterans to apply.

“You served with honor,” he said, in the message. “You did your duty, and when your country called on you again, you did your duty again.

“Now, it’s time to collect the special pay that you deserve,” the president said.

 Information on the special pay and links to the application are available at www.defense.gov/stoploss.

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