So I watched the movie stop loss Which is a conversational item in the Army. Here is a description of the movie
After a tour in Iraq, decorated hero Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe) returns home to his small Texas town and tries to readjust to civilian life. But when he's called up again as part of the military's controversial stop-loss program, he decides to go AWOL. Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), this poignant drama co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum as Brandon's war buddies and Timothy Olyphant as his superior officer.
So have always know what stop loss is and have always hoped that it does not happen. but the thing about the movie was not the stop loss but how these wars our affecting our men and women who come back after going thru that hell over there. It was so sad to watch this movie to see the outcome of each guy was shocking and at times very surprising. (I will not give away any secrets sorry). As a wife of a deployed soilder I can honestly say that the one thing on our minds(besides sex)is how is thos going to affect the men we love. When Matt came home in July there were some minor issues but alot of it was because he had been hit in the head by 2 different IEDS attcks. Yet this time it is going to be a whole different ball game because the first time ws 4 months. This time is 15 and I can already tell a differnce in him. When he is mad he does not blow up but instead lest me know in subtle ways which are hard to explain. When he was home with the kids there were times that he would get angry for no reason. He was nd is still a good man but honestly u can not see what he has seen and faced without having some issues.
In the movie they were sitting on the bus heading to war and u could tell that each person was thinking about something but I wonder what. Were they thinking about thier family, how they might never see them again, about the job at hand, or about somethign silly like food. I know that when Matts bus drove off I was thinking please do not make me a widow before I am 27, don't let me have to tell my kids that thier dad was dead, I was also thinkign how much I loved him and how prouds of him I was.
Another thign that has pissed me off is all these politicans who talk abotu what we shoudl or should not do about the war and yet none of them have experienced this war like the soilders are now. Yes some have faced war but please these are different times and the wars, weapons and people behind the wars re different. I wish before they tried to get up on thier high horse about what THEY think is importnat about the war, they should go on patrol with a unit thru a dangerous part of Iraq or afghaistan not just in the green zone. This will allow them to have a better understanding of war this war needs. Also Poloticians please do not try to act like u know what the military family members re goign thru because at the end of the night your spouse or children are with u. You do not spend days on end waiting for a phone call u might never get, or get no sleep because u don't want to miss the phone call.
While I am thankful for the freedoms we have but at what cost is it worth it.