The deadline to apply for stop loss compensation has been extended to December 3, 2010. Called by some a “back door draft,” stop loss was used primarily during the Iraq war to keep troops in country past their date of separation to continue fighting. It was used primarily on Marines and Army soldiers but the compensation is available to any soldier who served between September 2001 and September 2009.
For each month or partial month soldiers were held past their separation or retirement date they will receive $500. The retroactive payment will allow soldiers to claim $3,700, on average. Of the money set aside to make the payments to the soldiers, however, over half has yet to be claimed. A rough estimate puts about 120,000 soldiers eligible for the payments.
Both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the White House have launched media campaigns to alert soldiers to the availability of this payment. Soldiers earned this money by being kept in a war zone past the last day of their contract with their respective branch of military service. There are no strings attached to taking the money and no reason soldiers kept in country because of stop loss should not apply for this money.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.