Thursday, December 23, 2010

Deadline for Stop-loss pay extended again

For the fourth time Congress has extended the deadline to file for Retroactive Stop-Loss Payment.
You now have until March 4, 2011 to file a claim.

Stop-loss was enacted to retain military members beyond their original scheduled release date. So if
you had your enlistment extended between Sept. 2201 and Sept. 2008 you are eligible for RSLP.
Or if you are the surviving spouse you may also file a claim.

The payment is $500.00 for every month that a service member was kept beyond his or her original
separation date.

So far only about 71.000 people out of 145,000 entitled for this payment have applied. Part of
the problem is that the services sometimes have difficulties tracking down veterans once they
leave the military.

Both the Army and Department of Defense mailed out letters early this year, which
resulted in a large increase in applications, and the Army now has a backlog of about
16,000 cases. This also means that the time to process a claim has gone from just a few
days to almost 90 days.

Again I urge you, file a claim as soon as possible. If you were effected by stop-loss, or you are
the survivor of a loved one who was extended by stop-loss do it now. You can go to the website
http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0710_stoploss/

It was earned, it is yours, it is due; so file your claim.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996