Got stop-lossed and sent back to Iraq or Afghanistan? You’ve got some cash coming your way.
Well, it’s probably a check. But either way, it can be exchanged for goods and services. A provision in the recently passed defense supplemental appropriations bill allows service members who were called back to duty $500 per month.
It’s open to members of all branches, including the National Guard and the reserves. Payments are retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001.
Here are some facts to know, courtesy of Sen. Patty Murray’s office:
– Effective Oct. 21, active, reserve, and former service members will be eligible to be compensated for each month, or portion of a month, they were retained beyond their contracted separation or voluntary retirement date.
— Payments are retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001, and cover involuntary service performed through Sept. 30, 2009.
— Claims may be submitted starting Oct. 21 and must be filed by Oct. 21, 2010.
— Service members who have received regular stop-loss pay for service performed after Oct. 1, 2008, will be compensated only if they were in stop-loss status before that date.
— Retroactive compensation will be paid lump sum for the months served in stop-loss status.
— Service members will not receive retroactive stop-loss pay if they received regular stop-loss pay for the same period.
And here’s where to apply: