“TOP SECRET” Letter’s to Home — One stop loss soldier’s story he’s not supposed to tell.

Posted on July 24, 2013


According to Wikipedia, the Stop-loss definition is:

“Stop-loss is a term primarily used in the United States military. In the U.S. military, it 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 and up to their contractually agreed end of obligated service (EOS). It also applies to the cessation of a permanent change of station (PCS) move for a member still in military service. Stop-loss was used immediately before and during the first Persian Gulf War. Since then, it has been used during deployments to SomaliaHaitiBosniaKosovo and after theSeptember 11 attacks and the subsequent War on Terror.”

The policy has been legally challenged several times. However, Federal courts have consistently found that military service members contractually agree that their term of service may be involuntarily extended until the end of their obligated service.

However, in real life it is much more than that. The term and its definition are minimal at best. Truth be told, even a cynic can not sit back and agree that such an act by OUR government is that of a free country — let alone a “free-man / soldier, who has served his country — and his term.

Through the years stop-loss has become much more “in our faces”, as undeclared “wars” have called many a soldier back to a place to which they barely survived — once, never-mind a forceful twice-go-round. In a 2004 Campaign speech by the then presidential candidate John Kerry — stop-loss was described accurately as a “back-door draft”. At that time, both politicians and war activists insisted and proclaimed its use an abuse of the law. Since Congress had not officially declared a war — the basis for using stop-loss was to them as well as those affected just that : “abuse”……

Much controversy, political agenda, hype, and inaccurate depictions of this “injustice” surround the topic whenever it is brought to our attention in any form. So how do we as Americans differentiate between fact and fiction — media agenda, propaganda, misguided citizens, and hoaxes — and how do we get the real stories, the guts and grit of the truth without literally being in that situation ourselves ?

In a weekly editorial, Here and Sphere will cautiously report one brave, wounded, forgotten, scared for his life, stop-loss soldier’s story. Though we can not completely vouch for it’s full accuracy — we will deliver this soldier’s encrypted letters, each with all its content — and let you, our readers, decide for yourselves. Our job is to report the news, and bring you the stories that matter to you. In “TOP SECRET” Letter to Home — One stop-loss soldier’s story — we will do just that.

Letter # 1

“I am writing this with tears in my eyes…..I know that you may be the only one, who will truly understand or even listen. whether my story makes an impact, brings me home, or has me killed, I will at least know it was heard. I cannot give my name, rank, location, or branch of service, I am not even sure I should give my date of enlistment — but I will state that it was more than 8 years ago now. I signed on for only a four year term. I was able to return home once, before being called back due to a “war” — where I was “NEEDED”.

“I am by no means angry or displeased with my decision to join the military. I have had some amazing experiences, met people I will never forget, and learned a way of life I would find hard to stray from — even on US soil. I have also experienced horror, un-explainable heinous acts, I only wish I’d never witnessed, or shamefully had to do myself.

“In this first letter I will only go so far as to say that what has happened to me since my return is inexcusable — and I am pained to forcefully take another country, home, land, shop, or person by force “in the name of “the war on terror”. We are the terror in some of these places — someone needs to be held accountable.

“I have held what remained of a close friends body in my hands just days ago, as he gasped his newborn daughters name with his last breath — I literally watched his lungs barely expand as he drew breath to say her name, through the gaping hole in his chest. I was told to leave him???????? What happened to my training I thought to myself? No man left behind? The brotherhood?

“The family I have is only that of Uncle Sam. Back on US soil I have only a few friends that are like family….Is that why I am still here? Because there is no one to miss me, no one to know that I am gone or when? How will they know I’ve been shot almost died — stitched up, given some meds and sent back to the “fight”?

They wouldn’t know, they couldn’t — not without a Top Secret-Letter to Home”

—- Heather Cornell, for The Local Vocal and Here and Sphere



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