Time is running out for those who qualify to receive their Stop Loss Special
The deadline to claim it is Oct. 21st, but less than half of the more than
145,000 people eligible have submitted claims.
It’s not a scam. And it’s not a joke. It’s YOUR money, so come get it.
Just in case you had forgotten, the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act
authorized retroactive stop loss special pay of $500 for every month/partial
month served in stop loss status.
Servicemembers, veterans, and beneficiaries of servicemembers who were
involuntarily extended under stop loss between 9/11 and September 30th 2009 are
The Congress generously set aside $534.4 million to pay out those funds, but
as of the end of last month only $219 million in claims have been paid.
We’ve used all kinds of different ways to reach out to people and let them
know, including letters to homes and help from Veteran/Military Service
Organizations. But there are still those who have yet to apply.
So, with the deadline fast approaching, I’m asking everyone who reads this
blog to pass it on to anyone else you think needs to see it. Qualifying
individuals have served — or are still serving — their country nobly and deserve
to be paid the money they’ve earned.
The application process is simple and straightforward. No strings attached.
But once the deadline passes, we cannot by law extend it. So jump online and
check it out at:
The Department of Defense announced today that the deadline for
eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for
Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP) has been extended to Dec. 18.
The last deadline was Dec. 3.
To apply, or for more information on RSLSP, including submission
requirements and service-specific links, go to
The deadline extension is included in the continuing resolution
signed by President Obama on Dec. 4, providing funding for federal
government operations through Dec. 18.
RSLSP was established to compensate military members whose service
was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001, and
Sept. 30, 2009. Eligible members or their beneficiaries are required to
submit a claim to their respective military service in order to receive
the benefit of $500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss
When RSLSP began on Oct. 21, 2009, the services estimated 145,000
service members, veterans and beneficiaries were eligible. Because the
majority of those eligible had separated from the military, the services
have engaged in extensive and persistent outreach efforts throughout the
year. Efforts including direct mail, engaging military and veteran
service organizations, social networks and media outlets, will continue
throughout the period of eligibility.
Individuals who meet eligibility criteria may submit an application between Oct. 21, 2009 and October 21, 2011. By law, there is no authorization to make payments on claims that are submitted after October 21, 2011.
Eligible members should visit their specific service's Web site and submit their application on-line; on-line submission provides a claim number, allows for automated status updates, and provides a means for the military service to contact the applicant.
If eligible members do not have internet access, they should print, complete and sign Department of Defense Form 2944, Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss Payment. Next, choose the appropriate method for submitting the claim form and available supporting documents based on your service specifications. This information can be found on your service's stop loss Web site.
The following documents are examples of authorized source documents but may not be comprehensive, depending on specific status and service.