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Thursday, September 30, 2010

UPDATE: Stop Loss Pay Deadline Extended

Yesterday, Congress passed a deadline extension to special stop loss payments for service members held beyond their military obligation between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30 2009. Now all claims for special stop loss pay must be received by the individual service no later than Dec. 3, 2010.

The benefits offers $500 a month for every month of involuntary extension and the Pentagon believes the average benefit to eligible service members is close to $3,500.

The original deadline of Oct. 21 was approaching quickly and the Pentagon reported that only a small percentage of eligible veterans had applied for the benefit.

With such abysmal claim numbers, the White House stepped into action, publishing a video from President Barack Obama clarifying the benefit and encouraging eligible veterans to apply as soon as possible.

AMVETS had also put out a call-to-action on American Veteran online and through post and department leadership across the country.

With the deadline extension, the process to claim stop loss special pay has not changed. Veterans who believe they are eligible should visit the Pentagon's official stop loss special pay Web site by Clicking Here.

On the Web site, veterans can find detailed instructions and service-specific contact information to apply for the benefit. Eligible veterans must submit a signed DD Form 2944 and proof-of-service, such as a DD-214 or DD-215 to receive payment.

If you believe you are eligible for this benefit, apply today. If you know a veteran who may be eligible, spread the word.

American Veteran will continue to follow the Pentagon's processing of special stop loss pay. Check back regularly for updates.

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Below is the White House video, encouraging eligible veterans to apply for special stop loss pay:

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