Deadline Nears to Apply for Special ‘Stop Loss’ Pay

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2011 — Only a month remains for eli­gi­ble ser­vice mem­bers, vet­er­ans and their ben­e­fi­cia­ries to apply for Retroac­tive Stop Loss Spe­cial Pay.

Offi­cials extend­ed a pre­vi­ous dead­line to Oct. 21 to allow more time for eli­gi­ble peo­ple to apply.

“The nation has ral­lied behind this effort — the mil­i­tary ser­vices have been joined by the White House, Con­gress, the [Vet­er­ans Affairs Depart­ment], vet­er­an and mil­i­tary ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions, and friends and fam­i­ly mem­bers around the world,” said Lernes Hebert, the Defense Department’s direc­tor of offi­cer and enlist­ed per­son­nel man­age­ment. “Despite these remark­able out­reach efforts, some peo­ple may still not yet have applied. If you think you are eli­gi­ble, and have not yet applied, now is the time to do so.”

The spe­cial retroac­tive pay was estab­lished to com­pen­sate for the hard­ships mil­i­tary mem­bers encoun­tered when their ser­vice was invol­un­tar­i­ly extend­ed under Stop Loss author­i­ty between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, offi­cials said. Eli­gi­ble mem­bers or their ben­e­fi­cia­ries may sub­mit a claim to their respec­tive mil­i­tary ser­vice to receive the ben­e­fit of $500 for each full or par­tial month served in a Stop Loss sta­tus.

When the spe­cial pay began Oct. 21, 2009, the ser­vices esti­mat­ed 145,000 ser­vice mem­bers, vet­er­ans and ben­e­fi­cia­ries were eli­gi­ble for the ben­e­fit. Because the major­i­ty of those eli­gi­ble had sep­a­rat­ed from the mil­i­tary, offi­cials said, the ser­vices have engaged in exten­sive and per­sis­tent out­reach efforts, includ­ing mul­ti­ple direct mail­ings, pub­lic ser­vice announce­ments, and con­tin­u­ous engage­ments with mil­i­tary and vet­er­an ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions, social net­works and media out­lets.

To apply, or for more infor­ma­tion — includ­ing sub­mis­sion require­ments and ser­vice-spe­cif­ic links — go to

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)