November 12, 2010 (San Diego) – Congressman Bob Filner wants to make sure all active duty and veterans who were forced to involuntarily extend their service know that the deadline to submit a claim for retroactive “Stop Loss” pay is approaching.
All claims must be submitted by December 3, 2010.
“Service members and veterans who fell under the Stop Loss policy are due this pay and we want to make sure they know they can collect it if they are eligible,” said Congressman Filner. “While Stop Loss will soon be eliminated, the military men and women who were forced to extend their service involuntarily should be compensated for the sacrifices they made beyond what they signed up for.”
The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act authorized Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP) of $500 per month/partial month to Service members serving in Stop Loss status. Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of Service members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP. The average benefit is $3,800.
The Secretary of Defense announced in March 2009 a comprehensive plan to eliminate the current use of Stop Loss by March 2011. The Army is the only Service currently using Stop Loss (3,198 personnel as of September 2010), and is on a clear path to eliminate the practice by March 2011.
Eligible personnel can go to www.defense.gov/stoploss for more information, or to submit a claim.