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Deadline extended to file for “stop loss” payments

President Obama signed legislation last week extending the deadline for military service members, veterans and beneficiaries of service members to apply for special “stop loss” payments.

U.S. Army soldiers wait to board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, on Nov. 17, 2008. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson, U.S. Air Force.

Anyone whose military service was involuntarily extended under the Stop Loss order between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009, is eligible for $500 payments for each month served in “stop loss” status.

Recipients now have until Dec. 3 to apply for the payments. The original deadline was Oct. 21, but Congress extended the date because many eligible recipients haven’t filed for the payments.

About 80,000 eligible service members, veterans and beneficiaries still haven’t applied for the special payments, according to the Armed Forces Press Service.

 Filing a claim is easy. All you have to do is fill out and mail this two-page form, or follow the instructions for completing the form online. For additional information, visit the DoD Stop Loss Website.

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