Ed. Note: Cross-posted from the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transitional Policy blog.
Last week the Department of Defense released a statement reminding Service members and Veterans that the deadline for Retroactive Stop Loss Payments (RSLP) is fast approaching. This is not an automatic entitlement, benefit or allowance. Eligible Service members and Veterans must file a claim by October 21, 2011 to receive this benefit.
The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act authorizes Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay of $500 per month for each month or any portion of a month during the period specified that the current or former Soldier, Marine, Sailor, and Airman was retained on active duty as a result of of Stop Loss. The act applies to service members Stop Lossed during the period starting 11 September 2001 and ending 30 September 2009.
Last year, Congress and Defense Department Officials pushed back the filing deadline to October 21, 2011. Barring Congressional action, this appears to be the final deadline Service members and Veterans can apply for RSLP payments of $500 per month they were Stop-Lossed.
Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen stated, “The application process is simple and straightforward. No strings attached. But once the deadline passes, we cannot by law extend it…It’s your money.”
Eligible Service members and Veterans should visit their specific service’s web site and submit their application on-line. When applying on-line each submission provides a claim number, allows for automated status updates, and provides a means for the military service to contact the applicant. For those without internet access, complete and sign Department of Defense Form 2944, “Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss Payment.” Next, submit this form and your documentation to your appropriate Service.
You will need the following documents in order to file your claim:
Visit the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy for service-specific sites that provide more information and allow you to begin the RSLP claim process.
Arturo Murguia is Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense