I received an email the other day.
I was just going to let it go.
But I can’t
It accused me of being ungrateful for all that our government does for us.
That didn’t bother me all that much.
For someone who happened to stumble on to my blog for the first time I may appear to be just a tad ungrateful.
The part that really got my dander up was when I was accused of being non supportive of our military.
At the very moment that I read that, I knew that this was someone who didn’t take the time to read previous posts.
Someone who has no idea what makes me tic.
Because I don’t agree with the Army’s recruitment tactics.
And I am opposed to the “Stop Loss” clause.
Doesn’t make me unpatriotic.
It doesn’t mean that I don’t support our military.
So the truth about me.
I love this country.
I am thankful that I was fortunate to be born in the greatest country on earth.
That doesn’t mean that I have to agree with everything that our government throws our way.
Our government has grown to the monster it is because of complacency.
It will not change over night.
Only when we the people start questioning what’s going on will things start to change.
We need to question the things we don’t agree with.
We need to search out others of a like mind, and band together in effort to change things that just aren’t right.
I was drafted into the military in 1971.
Before I had to report to, AFEEs, for my physical I elected to join the Army Reserve.
For the longest time I was embarrassed to admit that I was a reservist.
It wasn’t until lately the importance of the Reserve, and National Guard became apparent to me.
Vietnam was winding down, so it always seemed that we were training for training’s sake.
Now I know that we were preparing to be the replacements should another war break out.
I’m thankful that it didn’t.
And so I served seven years in virtual obscurity.
Never experiencing the horror of war.
And I’m thankful for that.
Now what I regret.
I’m sorry that I ever encouraged my son to join the Army.
I’m sorry that he had to experience a buddy dieing in his arms.
I’m sorry that he had to experience being so scared for his life that he practically pissed his pants.
I’m sorry that he had to spend fifteen months living in squalor and filth fighting for a people who couldn’t care less about us. (The Iraqi government).
I’m sorry that he had to endure leaders that were mental midgets.
(Not all of them, but enough that it left a bad taste in his mouth, and a vow that if he ever had a position of authority he, “knew who he wouldn’t be like”).
I’m sorry that he has to live with the thought that he may have sent lead down range not knowing if it ended up killing innocent civilians that were being used as cover by spineless bastards that won’t fight like real men, choosing to hide behind women, children, and seniors.
Cowards that choose to hide and ambush under the veil of darkness instead of fighting like real soldiers.
And yet, what I’m most sorry about is that the very Army that he and his comrades fought so honorably for, chooses to thank them by forcing them to serve beyond their separation date, and go back and do it all again.
All the arguments about needing trained, battle seasoned veterans in order to save the lives of green soldiers can’t convince me that “Stop Loss” is right.
It is double jeopardy in its purest form.
And so I’ve mounted a fight against the policy of “Stop Loss”.
I’ve written the letters.
I’ve posted a petition, and I intend to do all the promotion. (Anyone interested in taking an active role is more than welcome).
All I’m asking is that you sign the petition, and bring it to your friends and relatives attention.
(Again, if you want to get involved and do some promoting of the project, get in touch).
I’ll do the lion’s share of research, and communications.
All of it if need be.
But please help by at least signing.
I need at least 1000 signatures to go forward.
In the words of a petition signer who left a comment, “if we don’t fight to protect the rights of those who fight to protect ours, who will”?
I am a proud father of an American hero serving his country in the Army.
A man that stepped up, signed up, and went to war for his country.
One who continues to serve willingly for another couple of months after which he will be held against his will.
Please sign the petition.
Online petition - End Stop Loss
Feel free to contact me with suggestions, and to help.