Sep 17 2010
In October of 2009, Congress approved the payment of an additional $500 for servicemembers that have had their tours extended due to the Stop Loss policy. They later made DoD extend the payments retroactively to cover those affected starting after September 11, 2001. However, the payments can only be issued after an application is sent in and the deadline for the application is October 21, 2010. Which leaves just over a month for troops to act or they will lose the benefit. According to estimates, some 90,000 out of the 145,000 eligible personnel have not applied for their pay as of yet.
Congress put aside $534 million for the retroactive payments, but there have only been about $210 million in funds distributed from that allocation.
According to The Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009, Public Law 111-32, Section 310, those eligible are:
…Service members, including members of the Reserve Components, former and retired members under the jurisdiction of the Secretary, who, at any time during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on September 30, 2009, served on active duty while the Service members’ enlistment or period of obligated service was involuntarily extended, or whose eligibility for retirement was suspended pursuant to any provision of law authorizing the President to extend any period of obligated service, or suspend eligibility for retirement, of a Service member in time of war or of national emergency…
Exclusions from eligibility include those discharged under ‘other than honorable conditions’ and Reserve Component members that were held under Stop Loss but were not actually on active duty.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted by October 21st via DD2944 – Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss Payment. Details can be found here. Due to high volume, the form has at times been unavailable, so we have saved a copy for you to download. Click dd2944 for the .pdf form.
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