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Begich Applauds DOD “Stop Loss” Decision

Service members to receive retroactive special pay

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today praised the decision of The Department of Defense (DOD) to provide Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay to service members who had their enlistment extended or retirement suspended due to Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009.

The decision means up to 180,000 soldiers are eligible to receive payments of $500 for each month they were retained on active duty beyond their original enlistment term.

"This is the appropriate decision and the right thing to do for our military men and women who have been asked to serve well above and beyond the call of duty," Begich said. "I am pleased to see the DOD make this available, and I encourage all Alaskans that served any amount of time on active duty due to Stop Loss to apply today."

Stop Loss is a tool used by the military that allows the DOD to retain critical service members needed in a time of war to meet the demands of the war. Since the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, many soldiers have seen their service time extended a year or longer than originally planned.

In March, the Secretary of Defense announced a comprehensive plan to eliminate current use of Stop Loss. It is anticipated that the Army's first Stop Loss free units will deploy by January 2010.

Those eligible for the retroactive Stop Loss special payments have from now until Oct. 21, 2010 to submit their applications to their respective services. Service members must provide documented proof they were Stop Lossed with their claim. Family members of deceased service members should contact the appropriate military service for assistance in filing their claim.

Service members who were discharged or released from the Armed Forces under other than honorable conditions are not permitted to receive the Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay.

For additional information service members may contact the following outlets:

Army: https://www.stoplosspay.army.mil
Navy:  send e-mail to - NXAG_N132C@navy.mil
Marine Corps: https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/stoploss
Air Force: http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/stoploss

Sen. Begich is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

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