In March 2008, two months after he was supposed to be discharged from the Army, [Casey Porter] shipped out for his second tour in Iraq. The 28-year-old Texas native had been looking forward to resuming his career as a budding filmmaker. But a month before his contract was set to expire, Porter received notice he had been "stop lossed," meaning his active duty enlistment had been involuntarily extended. As Porter explains it, he was "stuck.""My options were pretty limited," he says. "I could go back [to Iraq], I could go AWOL, which would have pretty much destroyed my life - I mean, no one joins the Army to be dishonorably discharged. It was like, 'What do I do?' ""I think it's a long overdue change in policy and I think it's a good change in policy," he says. "The question I have is will they be able to stick by this policy if they are escalating seriously in Afghanistan? I think that a soldier looking at the situation would have cause to be worried."
Putting a Stop to Stop Loss Christopher Moraff In These Times; May 2009; 33, 5; Docstoc pg. 10 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner.
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