Pay! Stop Loss Retroactive PAY!!
Alright, time to put this on the list of “You Must Do This Now” for you or your spouse. The Retroactive Stop Loss Retroactive Pay program is coming up on the October 21, 2010 deadline – that’s when the applications have to be in.
I was on a Blogger Roundtable call today, and Mr. Lernes (Bear) Hebert who is the Acting Director, Officer & Enlisted Personnel Management for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness, and Maj. Roy Whitley, who is the Army’s Project Manager for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay both talked to us about the importance of getting the word out about the Program. Here’s the link again.
They estimate that there are 145,000 current and former servicemembers who might be eligible. This includes National Guard and Reserves. This includes surviving spouses (there is a special person to assist surviving spouses with the paperwork who will walk them through it). This includes Veterans who have left the service. This includes present Active Duty. There is a disclaimer for currently serving servicemembers.
Note on Eligibility
Effective Dec. 19, 2009, per the Defense Appropriations Act, stop-lossed servicemembers who voluntarily reenlisted or extended their service, and received a bonus for such reenlistment or extension of service, became no longer eligible to receive retroactive stop loss special pay.
Mr. Hebert and Maj Whitley stressed this – it takes about a 1/2 hour to fill out the application and get it in. If you are eligible – that’s a pretty good return on investment. If you aren’t, a half hour isn’t that bad either. So take a look at the site, send it on to anyone you think “might could” be eligible. Any Blue Star parents reading this – please contact your son or daughter and let them know they could be eligible.