WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Bright reminded soldiers whose service was involuntarily extended in Iraq and Afghanistan that they have until October 21, 2010 to apply for retroactive stop loss pay.
Soldiers eligible for retroactive pay will receive $500 a month for each month their service was extended. Eligible soldiers must proactively apply for stop loss pay; they will not receive the benefit automatically.
“Establishing stop loss pay was a major accomplishment and now we must ensure that eligible soldiers access the benefits to which they are entitled,” Bright said.
“I encourage any soldier who had his or her service involuntarily extended to apply for these payments. These brave men and women have made sacrifices to defend our freedoms; the least we can do is make sure they are taken care of when they return home.”
In 2009, Congressman Bright voted for H.R. 2346, the War Supplemental Appropriations Act, which established retroactive stop loss special pay (RSLSP). RSLSP allows service members whose service was involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009 to file claims in order to receive retroactive pay if eligible.
The deadline for submissions is October 21, 2010.
For more information or to submit a claim please visit www.defense.gov/stoploss.