Active Duty Military, Veterans and beneficiaries of Active Duty Military who were involuntarily extended under the stop loss program between September 11th, 2001 and September 30th, 2009 have until this Friday, March 18th, to file claims for their retroactive stop loss pay. Although this deadline has been extended a number of times, this is the now the final deadline.
The retroactive bonus pay covers 145,000 military personnel who were forced to remain on duty beyond their original discharge date, following the September 11th attacks. Congress approved back pay of $500 for each month of involuntary service; the average lump-sum due is between $3,500 and $3,800. Applications must be submitted by March 18th, 2011. Submit your application online at www.defense.gov/stoploss.