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This is good news because apparently it is taking time for news of this benefit to reach all affected Stop Loss veterans.

My daughter got word of this because she works at DOD but I fear many vets out there still don't know about it yet.

She received email that they got her application in Oct and it would take 6-8 weeks for the check to arrive.

Hopefully more vets will apply for it -

"The Department of Defense announced today that the deadline for eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP) has been extended to Dec. 18. The last deadline was Dec. 3.

To apply, or for more information on RSLSP, including submission requirements and service-specific links, go to http://www.defense.gov/stoploss.

The deadline extension is included in the continuing resolution signed by President Obama on Dec. 4, providing funding for federal government operations through Dec. 18.

RSLSP was established to compensate military members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. Eligible members or their beneficiaries are required to submit a claim to their respective military service in order to receive the benefit of $500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status.

When RSLSP began on Oct. 21, 2009, the services estimated 145,000 service members, veterans and beneficiaries were eligible. Because the majority of those eligible had separated from the military, the services have engaged in extensive and persistent outreach efforts throughout the year. Efforts including direct mail, engaging military and veteran service organizations, social networks and media outlets, will continue throughout the period of eligibility."

Source: Jim Davis Veterans for Change

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Another extention- many Stop loss vets are still unaware of this benefit:

"Deadline for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Extended

The deadline for eligible service members, veterans and

their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay

(RSLSP) has been extended to March 4, 2011, allowing personnel more time

to apply for the benefits they've earned under the program guidelines.

The deadline extension is included in the continuing

resolution signed by President Obama today, providing funding for

federal government operations through March 4, 2011.

"There was a surge of applicants as we approached our

earlier deadline, but there may still be more out there who have yet to

apply," said Lernes Hebert, director, Officer and Enlisted Personnel

Management. "We are pleased that this extension was included in the

continuing resolution which will give those remaining the opportunity to

apply as we continue to work through the current applications."

The RSLSP 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. Eligible members or their beneficiaries may submit a claim to

their respective military service in order to receive the benefit of

$500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status.

When RSLSP began on Oct. 21, 2009, the services estimated

145,000 service members, veterans and beneficiaries were eligible for

this benefit. Because the majority of those eligible had separated from

the military, the services have engaged in extensive and persistent

outreach efforts over the past 14 months. Outreach efforts including

direct mail, engaging military and veteran service organizations, social

networks and media outlets, will continue through March 4, 2011.

To apply for more information, or to gather more information

on RSLSP, including submission requirements and service-specific links,

go to http://www.defense.gov/stoploss."

VA media release Dec 23, 2010

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