The stop-loss pay program has been in effect for 9 months. Despite that, only a very small number of troops who qualified for the program received their due payments. Every soldier who faced stop-loss between September 2001 and September 2008 can receive $500 for every month they were held past their separation date.
This means about 145,000 soldiers are qualified for the money. Only about 30,000 claims have been paid to date however since most veterans have no idea the program even exists. If officials from the Department of Defense (DoD) are to be believed, it is because veterans are hard to find following their separation.
The DoD does not have the ability to track veterans through the IRS. Veterans are a very mobile group and therefore very hard to track once they are out of the service. Accordingly, the DoD has turned to other sources to attempt to find veterans:
- Social media websites;
- Direct mailings;
- Visiting veterans groups;
- Hosting bloggers’ roundtables; and
- Putting up posters.
Applications take about 2-4 weeks to complete, and on average, soldiers will be paid between $3,000 – $4,000. Of the 26,825 claims received to date, the DoD has paid 23, 748 of them. It is sad with such a high percentage of claims being paid more soldiers do not know about the program.
With so many soldiers in the dark about the program but owed money, it would be a shame if the program were to end in October as scheduled. Despite the efforts they have taken, the DoD has obviously not been able to get the word out about the program.
Learn more about the Army’s stop-loss program and paying soldiers money they are owed.
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