- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. John Murtha says the military has agreed to begin $500 monthly payments to troops who are forced to stay in the military beyond their enlistment terms.

Last year, Congress passed bonus payments for troops who experience what is called “stop loss.” But snags at the Pentagon have prevented the bonuses from going forward.

Murtha, chairman of the subcommittee that funds the military, said Wednesday that an official announcement of the bonuses is expected soon out of the Pentagon.

Some critics have called “stop loss” a backdoor draft to keep troops in the military. But the military has said it’s a necessary tool to keep unit cohesion in times of war.

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