WASHINGTON – The deadline to submit claims for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay recently was extended to Oct. 21. This marks the sixth time the deadline has been extended by Congress.
According to Army officials, more than 100,000 claims from Soldiers, veterans and beneficiaries have been adjudicated, and about $300 million has been disbursed. Currently, about 6,000 claims are pending review in the Army’s system.
“The Army has made multiple attempts to directly contact those we believe are eligible,” said Maj. Roy Whitley, program manager. “We have claims from all 50 states and every U.S. territory. Claims have been submitted from 12 foreign countries.”
Still, Army officials hope remaining candidates for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay take action and apply. The Army estimates a total of 120,000 Soldiers, veterans and beneficiaries may be eligible for the pay.
“We have not received a claim from everyone who may qualify for this pay,” Whitley said. “The Army has developed and implemented innovative strategies to identify and notify those eligible. These efforts have been very successful. However, we have not heard from our entire target population.”
Army officials said outreach efforts will continue though veteran service organizations and social media outlets. By law, those eligible for the pay must submit a claim.
Those eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay receive $500 for each month held a stop-loss status.
For more information on eligibility criteria and to submit a claim, visit https://www.stoplosspay.army.mil
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