Veterans should apply for Stop Loss
September 28, 2010
Veterans who were held past their expiration of active obligated service because of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible for bonuses.
The Stop Loss policy was first created by Congress after the Vietnam War. It allows military command to keep soldiers beyond their enlistments in the interest of national security.
It’s not automatic.
“They have to apply for it,” Warren County Veterans Affairs Director Ed Burris said. “If they don’t apply for it, it’s gone.”
Some Warren County veterans have received stop loss payments, he said.
Any who have not should do so soon.
“The time to apply for that is running out,” Burris said.
According to a release from Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper’s office, the deadline to apply is Oct. 21.
“The majority of eligible service members have yet to apply for the special payment they are due,” according to the release. “Eligible personnel will receive a payment of $500 per month for each month that the member was retained on active duty due to Stop Loss.”
The current Stop Loss eligibility is for those who served on active duty between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009.
The bonuses are handled by the Department of Defense, not Veterans Affairs, Burris said.
Information about the policy and claim forms can be found at www.defense.gov/stoploss.