Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Stop Loss deadline - MARCH 18

Friday IS the deadline for this. You earned it, go make sure you get it!


Congress extends Stop Loss application deadline

Stop Loss information portal

Photo credit DoD

Dec 27, 2010

By American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (Dec. 23, 2010) -- The deadline for eligible servicemembers, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been extended to March 4, 2011, Defense Department officials announced today. [emphasis mine] *It was extended to March 18th. THIS Friday!!!*

The deadline extension is included in the continuing resolution bill that President Barack Obama signed Dec. 21, providing funding for federal government operations through March 18.

Congress established the retroactive pay to compensate military members who served involuntary extensions or whose retirement was suspended between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. Eligible members and their beneficiaries are required to submit a claim to their respective military service to receive the benefit of $500 for each full or partial month served in stop-loss status.

The services estimate 145,000 servicemembers, veterans and beneficiaries are eligible. Because most of those eligible had separated from the military, the services have engaged in 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, Defense Department officials said.

For more info (plus important links to DoD) go here.

And a column on this topic by Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness)HERE.

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