Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, military members who served between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009 and received stop loss are entitled to receive $500 for each month their service was extended.
Many veterans either experienced involuntary service extension or suspended retirement, yet over $300 million still remains to be claimed by eligible veterans. Because of the large numbers of veterans who still need to apply, the October deadline was extended for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay to December 3, 2010.
“I think it’s a good thing and people should take advantage of it,” said Veteran Army Reservist, SFC Claire Myles.
Even President Obama urged veterans to take advantage of the money that is owed to them: “As your Commander-in-Chief, I’m here to tell you that this is no gimmick or trick. You worked hard. You earned this money. It doesn’t matter whether you were Active or Reserve, whether you’re a veteran who experienced “stop loss” or the survivor of a service member who did – if your service was extended, you’re eligible.”
Under the Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay, the average benefit is $3,700. Eligible veterans have until December 3 to apply.
To apply, eligible service members need to either apply online or submit Department of Defense Form 2944, as well as any available supporting documents regarding service specifications.
Fill out your claim form here today.
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