Deadline for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Extended

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

The deadline for eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP) has been extended to March 4, 2011, allowing personnel more time to apply for the benefits they've earned under the program guidelines.

The deadline extension is included in the continuing
resolution signed by President Obama today, providing funding for
federal government operations through March 4, 2011.

"There was a surge of applicants as we approached our
earlier deadline, but there may still be more out there who have yet to
apply," said Lernes Hebert, director, Officer and Enlisted Personnel
Management. "We are pleased that this extension was included in the
continuing resolution which will give those remaining the opportunity to
apply as we continue to work through the current applications."

The RSLSP was established to compensate for the hardships
military members encountered when their service was involuntarily
extended under Stop Loss Authority between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30,
2009. Eligible members or their beneficiaries may submit a claim to
their respective military service in order to receive the benefit of
$500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status.

When RSLSP began on Oct. 21, 2009, the services estimated
145,000 service members, veterans and beneficiaries were eligible for
this benefit. Because the majority of those eligible had separated from
the military, the services have engaged in extensive and persistent
outreach efforts over the past 14 months. Outreach efforts including
direct mail, engaging military and veteran service organizations, social
networks and media outlets, will continue through March 4, 2011.

To apply for more information, or to gather more information on RSLSP, including submission requirements and service-specific links, go to

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