Stop Loss Pay: Use it or Lose it
STOP LOSS SPECIAL PAY (RSLSP)
Those eligible must submit their claim by Oct. 21, 2010.
The DoD Web site
links to service-specific sites, where you can get more information, or begin
the RSLSP claim process.
The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status. Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP.
To receive this benefit, those who served under stop loss must submit a claim for the special pay (by Oct. 21, 2010). Throughout the year, the services have been reaching out to service members, veterans and their families through direct mail, veteran service organizations, and the media. But there is still money left to be claimed, and the deadline is approaching. The average benefit is $3,700.
DD 214 (8-09), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and/or DD
215 (8-09), Correction to DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from
Note on Eligibility
Effective Dec. 19, 2009, per the Defense Appropriations Act, stop-lossed service members who voluntarily reenlisted or extended their service, and received a bonus for such reenlistment or extension of service, became no longer eligible to receive retroactive stop loss special pay.
The following service-specific sites provide more information and allow you to begin the RSLSP claim process.
• Army: 877-736-5554
• Navy: 901-874-4427
Web site: http://www.npc.navy.mil/ReferenceLibrary/MILPERSMAN/7000FinancialMgmt/7220_410.htmE-mail: NXAG_N132C@navy.mil
• Marine Corps: 877-242-2830
Website: https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/stoplossE-mail: email@example.com
• Air Force: 800-525-0102
E-mail (guard/reserve): firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals who meet eligibility criteria may submit an application between 21 October 2009 and 21 October 2010. By law, there is no authorization to make payments on claims that are submitted after 21 October 2010.
Eligible members should print, complete and sign Department of Defense Form 2944, Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss Payment. Next, choose the appropriate method for submitting the claim form and available supporting documents based on your service specifications. This information can be found on your service’s stop loss Web site. The following documents are examples of authorized source documents but may not be comprehensive, depending on specific status and service.