Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stop loss filing deadline extended again

The Department of Defense has extended the deadline for eligible veterans to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (or RSLSP in DoD parlance which absolutely cannot help itself from making any and every term into an acronym - and yes, DoD parlance is a being unto itself, but I digress) until October 21, 2012. The special pay was authorized in the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act to pay stop-lossed soldiers $500 for every month they were stop-lossed. But in spite of continuous extension for veterans to file for the special pay, DoD has paid out only a fraction of the approximately 145,000 eligible veterans have applied. As Juliet Beyler, acting director of Officer and Enlisted Personnel Management, said in the press release: "Even with extensive outreach efforts, and tremendous support from the President, Congress, the VA, veteran and military service organizations, and friends and family around the world, some qualified individuals have not yet applied." If you think you're eligible for it - apply now. If you know someone you think might be eligible for it, tell them to go apply now. For once, DoD is extending a deadline for the right reason. Take advantage of it - you've earned it.

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