07/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Help Iraq/Afghanistan Vets: Support Stop-Lossed Troops

The folks at the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America are working hard to get real support for the troops.

If you act right now, you can help stop-lossed troops get $5,000 for their overtime.

Since 2001, over 170,000 service-members have been held past their enlistment contracts, under the military's 'stop-loss' policy.

In March, the Pentagon announced it would begin compensating these servicemembers for their overtime. But unless Congress acts today, thousands of veterans who were stop-lossed before October 2008 won't see a dime in backpay.

In the next 48 hours, Congress will decide the fate of a critical bill that would close this gap and provide an average of almost $5,000 in retroactive payments to troops who have been stop-lossed. But lawmakers need to hear from you.

Can you take a minute to call your Senators, and ask them to support retroactive payments for stop-lossed troops?

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