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10-31-10, 02:54 PM
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By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2010 – Defense Department officials are working to remind veterans and current servicemembers who were involuntarily retained in the military under the so-called “Stop Loss” program to apply for special pay before the Dec. 3 deadline.

Military members whose service was involuntarily extended or whose retirement was suspended between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, are entitled to a retroactive payment of $500 for each month of extension.

By law, servicemembers who received a bonus for voluntarily re-enlisting or extending their service are not eligible for the special pay, officials said, but they added that they strongly urge people who even think they may be eligible to submit an application before the deadline
Information on the special pay and links to the application are available at http://www.defense.gov/stoploss.

About 65,000 of 145,000 eligible claims have been paid, and $243 million has been disbursed of the $534 million appropriated, officials said.