Stop Loss Pay Deadline Looms
Service members whose active duty was involuntarily extended beyond their original agreements are facing an October 21st, 2012 deadline to apply for stop loss pay benefits. The Department of Defense increased the use of stop loss after the advent of the terrorist attack of September 11th. It reached its highest use in 2005, and the policy is slated to discontinue in 2011 by a 2009 directive of the-Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
This is not an automatic benefit; those who experienced stop loss must apply to receive the funds. You must have served under stop loss between September 11th, 2001 and September 30th, 2009. For each month served under stop loss, veteran service members will receive a bonus of $500.
Your application must include:
- DD 2944, Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss Payment; and from the DD2944 form
- DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and/or DD Form 215, Correction to DD Form 214;
- Personnel record or enlistment or reenlistment document recording original expiration of service date;
- Approved retirement memorandum or orders establishing retirement prior to actual date of retirement as stipulated on DD 214 or DD 215;
- Approved resignation memorandum or transition orders establishing a separation date prior to actual date of separation as stipulated in DD 214 or DD 215; and
- Signed documentation or affidavit from knowledgeable officials from the individual's chain of command acknowledging separation/deployment, etc.
Your branch of service may request more information and documentation after receiving your application. Each branch of service processes its own stop loss claims; the address for each service’s claim processing is located on the DD2294.
Veterans who voluntarily reenlisted after being told they were to undergo a stop loss and received a bonus for that reenlistment are ineligible for this program.