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Legislation Extends Special Stop-Loss Pay Deadline

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2010 – President Barack Obama signed legislation yesterday extending the Retroactive Stop-Loss Special Pay deadline through December 3, DOD officials said today.

Officials estimate about 80,000 eligible service members, veterans and beneficiaries have yet to apply for the special stop-loss pay.

"It's important that all those eligible for this benefit take the opportunity to apply for what they've earned," said Lernes Hebert, the Defense Department’s acting director of officer and enlisted personnel management. "We encourage those eligible to apply as soon as possible, to avoid the last-minute rush, which can increase processing time.”

The program was due to run out Oct. 21, 2010. The extension is part of the continuing resolution that funds federal government operations. Congress has not yet passed authorization or appropriations bills for fiscal 2011.

The program affects military members whose service was involuntarily extended under stop-loss between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. Eligible members or their beneficiaries are required to 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. The original deadline for claims was Oct. 21, 2010.

Stop-loss allows the military to extend servicemembers beyond their end-of-term of service dates. The program has been used extensively since 9-11 to maintain personnel strength in deploying units. The program allows the military to extend servicemembers whose end-of-term of service, retirement or end-of-service obligation date falls during a deployment. They may be involuntarily extended until the end of their unit’s deployment. The Army and Marine Corps used the policy the most.

The special pay is meant to remunerate the servicemembers for their sacrifices. When the program began last year, the services estimated 145,000 service members, veterans and beneficiaries were eligible. Most had already separated from the services.

The services have sent direct mail to those eligible under the program. The military has engaged with military and veteran service organizations. The services also here reached out via social networks and media outlets.

Last month President Obama reached out to veterans in a video posted to the White House Web site encouraging those who are eligible to apply for the benefit.

 

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12/4/2010 7:35:10 PM
I was called to active duty army from the IRR 18 months after my ETS date. Upon finding out about and filing for retroactive stop-loss pay this past summer, my claim was denied, saying that I was not eligible. I filed an appeal, which again was denied. Others who were called to active duty from the IRR, after having spent the same number of years on active duty and having the exact same MOS, were approved and received over $6,000 for their 15 or so months of IRR call-up time. I just cannot understand how they can say that so much money is left unclaimed, but they are denying legitimate claims.
- Eric, Illinois

12/1/2010 5:24:27 PM
I noticed the same thing- it doesn't allow you to put in 2009 dates: 10/12/2010 1:18:47 PM I've gotten both letters from the DoD and the VA telling me about this program, for those personnel involuntarily retained during the period of 11 Sept 2001 to 30 Sept 2009. Learning about this, I've tried to submit my claim through the proper website (Army); however, the form on the website is not configured properly, and I cannot progress with my claim. The "End date" on the form only goes through 30 Sept 2008: "The start and end stop loss dates must be between 09/11/2001 and 09/30/2008." Any one of that 80,000 who haven't submitted their claims, because of the website form, isn't going to be able to until that date is changed to reflect 09/30/2009. I've sent an e-mail to RetroStopLossPay@CONUS.Army.Mil but haven't received correspondence; I've called the telephone support (887-736-5554), and everyone's voice mail is full. - RussK, Mn
- Jonathon, Simi Valley, CA

12/1/2010 4:39:30 PM
I have tried to send my application since August and all I get are messages saying the action failed. I have called and the voice mail box is always full. I tried to email army web support and I have not heard anything. I do not know what to do. Does anyone have any suggestions?
- SLara, San Francisco, CA

11/12/2010 4:50:05 AM
I call 1-877-736-5554 and email retrostoplosspay@conus.army.mil and almost never get a response. I have logged 29 calls and numerous emails over the last 60 days and only got through on the phone once, the other 28 times the mailbox is full. On Oct 28 I did get a phone call through and the man that answered soon transferred me to the DFAS lady in Virginia and she told me I would get an email within 2 working days telling me the status of my claim. Over two weeks later still no email. I know admin people in the military are always swamped ( I was one) but this is redicuous. Can anyone help us?
- Ronald Drozd, texas

11/11/2010 10:03:56 AM
What about those of us who were in the stop loss status during the period of June 1966-Oct.1966? Was our retention any less valuable to our country and the Corps? Gates, Look into this matter. Fair play is fair play! Had a fine job lined up and lost it due to the loss action during that period. Now Im 71 years old with terminal cancer and those extra few dollars would be a blessing. I dont begrudge the troops of any era what is due them for it is precious little that comes our way for what we are asked to do. Sgt. Clark, U.S.M.C.
- Dallas Clark, Pampa, TX. 79065

11/8/2010 4:32:36 PM
I think it's crazy when you have to have a job that's look when I was involuntary extended as well. The dates Listed I classified for benefits and got out in 2005 as a verran then returned after 8months.....
- Sgt johnson, Europe

11/8/2010 4:18:52 PM
System Broken; no one will reply to emails, how do you know your submission was received since September?
- Duanne Cole, Japan

11/4/2010 7:03:24 PM
I would have to agree with another soldier that its pretty messed up that you are involuntarily extended and you are still on active duty after your ETS and when you get home from deployment and decide to reenlist with the military that you become no longer eligable for Retro Stop Loss Pay. I would really like someone to explain it to me how me reenlisting and getting a bonus for service for the next three years has to do with me being involuntarily extend past my ETS. How can you say that you want to do something for the Veteren's that served their country but then come up with crazy ways to make them not qualified for the benefit? I hope someone reads this post and responds. Sincerely, SGT Shaffer, Johnnie
- SGT Shaffer, Johnnie, Springfield, IL

10/29/2010 1:56:53 PM
American Forces Press Service will attempt to provide answers to questions when possible. AFPS contacted the U.S. Army in response to SSG Lequante Harris's request, and this is the reply they provided: "Your stop loss time would be the period you were held past your contractual obligation until your release from Active Duty or your next voluntary action. Legislation dictates you provide these dates. This office cannot provide them for you." Carol Bowers for AFPS
- Carol Bowers, Alexandria, VA

10/24/2010 11:41:24 AM
What are the actual stop loss dates for 2005? My enlistment contract was from 31 Jan 2002 to 31 Jan 2005, but I deployed 16 Jan 2005-16 Jan 2006. I can't remember the actual date of the stop loss, or the end date. Someone please help....
- SSG Lequante Harris, Ft. Lee, Virginia

10/21/2010 3:47:23 PM
Does this apply for personnel that were called out of the IRR 15 months after their ETS from the Army? I have a strange suspicion that it does not. The Army always had a way of screwing soldiers over. If this does not apply to soldiers called out of the IRR then I think thats a little unfair and I think that the DoD needs to come up with some kind of compensation thats just as equal as the retroactive stop-loss pay. I mean this pay is for people who got involuntarily extended to serve more time than they signed up for. Thats what happened to IRR soldiers that got recalled. They served more time than they signed up for. Now, I know they have the whole 8 year obligation and I was called back fairly within those 8 years but the soldiers that got stop-loss were also within their 8 years.
- Donald Jefferys, Lufkin, Texas

10/20/2010 9:21:35 AM
Everytime I try to get to Army website www.stoplosspay.army.mil. I always get a message "Security Certificate Error Message" Can someone tell me what am I doing wrong. Thanks
- Carlos Flores, Houston, TX

10/20/2010 9:16:00 AM
Every time that I try to get to the Army website www.stoplosspay.army.mil. I always get "Security Certificate Error Mesage". Can somebody email me and tell me what am I doing wrong. Thanks
- Carlos Flores, Houston, TX

10/12/2010 1:18:47 PM
I've gotten both letters from the DoD and the VA telling me about this program, for those personnel involuntarily retained during the period of 11 Sept 2001 to 30 Sept 2009. Learning about this, I've tried to submit my claim through the proper website (Army); however, the form on the website is not configured properly, and I cannot progress with my claim. The "End date" on the form only goes through 30 Sept 2008: "The start and end stop loss dates must be between 09/11/2001 and 09/30/2008." Any one of that 80,000 who haven't submitted their claims, because of the website form, isn't going to be able to until that date is changed to reflect 09/30/2009. I've sent an e-mail to RetroStopLossPay@CONUS.Army.Mil but haven't received correspondence; I've called the telephone support (887-736-5554), and everyone's voice mail is full.
- RussK, Mn

10/11/2010 2:03:45 PM
I think it is messed up that if you voluntary re-enlisted you are no longer eligable for the RSLP but those that put there claims in before the stipulation gets to keep there money, if they get to keep there money we the people that re-enlisted should still be eligable. before I got stoplossed I was going to get out, but when I got back the economy was so bad that the best thing for me to do was re-enlist.
- Arthur, Norfolk

10/4/2010 3:05:17 PM
Why should someone have to apply you could find them when you needed them after 9-11-01, but now you don't know who should get the checks?? Send the checks to who you put a stop loss on! you have a list send the checks don't be used car salesmen to the vets that did the work!! Gates this is not a fair way to treat a service person, if the person should get the check put it in the mail and don't be a punk
- David, new jersey

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