Schiff Encourages Troops Affected by Stop Loss to Apply for Retroactive Pay Before Oct. 21 Deadline

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) encouraged veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to submit claims for retroactive "stop loss" pay before the October 21, 2010 deadline. Troops who are eligible for retroactive pay will receive $500 a month for each month their service was extended, averaging $3,800. The Defense Department estimates that while 145,400 troops are eligible, only 58,000 claims have been paid out so far.

“Our brave men and women in uniform made tremendous sacrifices to preserve our liberties and freedoms,” Rep. Schiff said. “In 2009, I supported legislation to compensate our service members whose tours were involuntarily extended in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the deadline fast approaching, I urge all eligible troops to submit their claims so that they can receive the retroactive pay they earned through their service.”

In 2009, Rep. Schiff voted to pass HR 2346, the War Supplemental Appropriations Act, which established retroactive stop loss special pay, allowing troops whose service was involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001, and September 30, 2009, to file claims in order to receive retroactive pay if eligible. The deadline for submissions is October 21, 2010.

For more information or to submit a claim please visit www.defense.gov/stoploss.