Thanks to the Obama administration, former and current service members can get back pay if their active duty was extended because of surprise stop-loss clauses from Sept. 11, 2001, through Sept. 30, 2008
As our soldiers watch the "thanks to the troops" videos during the football games today, they will be thinking one thing: "How many more Thanksgivings am I going to have to watch these videos from over here?"
The Army reported that suicides are yet again at an all time high. This isn't to say every soldier deployed frequently and for long periods will kill him or herself. But there's a "significant link" for many of those who do.
Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha was brutalized for more than two years at his base in Bahrain after his refusal to hire a prostitute raised suspicions that he was gay. This is not an academic debate.
Congress stood up for veterans this week, and delivered retroactive overtime payments for our stop-lossed troops, a new education benefit for children of servicemembers killed since 9/11, and increased VA funding.
Let's say you joined the military and agreed to three years of active-duty service. With "stop loss" you could get held for six months, twelve months, even as long as twenty-one months past the time of your contract.
Of all the abuses borne by our servicemembers since the beginning of Afghanistan and Iraq, excessive reliance on stop-loss, where tours of duty are involuntarily extended, is one of the most egregious.