Stop loss retroactive pay.
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.
Throughout the year, the services have been reaching out to servicemembers, 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.
Individuals who meet eligibility criteria may submit an application between Oct. 21, 2009 and Oct., 21 2010.
By law, there is no authorization to make payments on claims that are submitted after Oct. 21, 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.
Note on Eligibility
Effective Dec. 19, 2009, per the Defense Appropriations Act, stop-lossed servicemembers 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.
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