Deadline To Receive Stop Loss Payments Is Quickly Approaching – October 21st, 2010

by Hank

The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established the Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP) which provided $500 each month who had served in stop loss status. Any member of the military whose enlistment was involuntarily extended under stop loss must apply to receive their back pay by the October 21st, 2010 deadline in order to receive their entitlement. It is estimated that 145,000 service members are eligible to receive $500 for each full or partial month served while under a stop loss status, but only about forty thousand Soldiers have applied for their money.

Who Is Eligible For Stop Loss Payments

All service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were killed in the line of duty whose service in the military that was involuntarily extended between September 11th, 2001 and September 30th, 2009, are eligible for the special Retroactive Stop Loss Special Payment. Service members who were stop lossed and voluntarily reenlisted or extended their service and received a bonus for that reenlistment or extension no longer are eligible to receive retroactive stop loss special pay.

How To Apply For Stop Loss Payments

Eligible members should print, complete and sign Department of Defense Form 2944, Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss Payment. By law, there is no authorization to make payments on claims that are submitted after October 21st, 2010. Then, the service member who is applying must choose the appropriate method for submitting his or her claim form based on your service specifications. This information can be found on each individual services’ stop loss websites. The links to the services’ stop loss websites are: Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

If you think that you might be eligible for stop loss payments, you should go ahead and apply before the deadline passes. The process is very easy, and the turnaround time is very quick. The average benefit of those that have been applying is $3,700.

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