The Contract

The Ostridge Affect is such a sad thing. It is where I bury my head in order to protect myself from stuff that is upsetting.

The other day I got Stop Loss, the movie from Netflicks. I thought oh great a war movie, who order this? I sat down anyway and viewed it. I was shocked. I was not aware of the Stop-loss policy.

If one voluntarily enlists in the military and serves in a period of time that there is no official declaration war they will be released from active service when they have served their contracted time. If US declared a War status then a Stop-loss policy goes into affect and the solider involuntary extension continues until six months after the war ends.

Currently the contract of this agreement is NOT honored by the US military services. The US is involved in a war, but not officially in a “declaration of war status.” There for the Stop-loss policy should not apply to any solider at this time.

We as citizens of United States must follow laws, contracts, and policies. If we do not, there are stiff penalties for the broken agreement. Why is it that the government is exempt from honoring contracts?

From 2002 through April 2008, 58,300 soldiers were affected by stop loss.

UGH!

War is a horrible thing. It is Hell. The effects physically and psychologically are devastating to any individuals involved in the combat fields. When and if that person does come back to regular life, most often the scars of the war has ruin their chances of living a normal type of existence. The amount of substance abuse is unbelievable. The substance is used only to dull the memories that haunt these individuals for life.

Policy
Stop-loss, in the United States military, is the involuntary extension of a service member’s active duty service under the enlistment contract in order to retain them beyond their initial end of term of service (ETS) date
Stop-loss was created by the United States Congress after the Vietnam War. Section 12305(a) which states in part: “… the President may suspend any provision of law relating to promotion, retirement, or separation applicable to any member of the armed forces who the President determines is essential to the national security of the United States”
“In the event of war, my enlistment in the Armed Forces continues until six (6) months after the war ends, unless the enlistment is ended sooner by the President of the United States.”

Where do we go from here? What can we do for these soldiers whose rights have not been honored?

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