By Anna Mulrine, Washington Whispers
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has a plan to end the practice of stop loss, in which soldiers are kept in the military past their contracted service dates. But Pentagon officials say it looks as though the plan will not be put in place before 2011. In the meantime, the Pentagon announced this week that it will give $500 to each service member for each month he or she served past the contracted end date. Those eligible have one year to send in their paperwork.