December 10, 2009
Congressman and Staff,
Yesterday at 3:00 PM, in the offices of the Senate Armed Services Committee I was granted the opportunity to present my views on the issue of the “Stop-Loss” and it’s affect on the rise in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder now plaguing the combat troops caused to endure multiple deployments due to abusive implementation of US Code Subsection 12305, Title 10 during the past eight years. The meeting was presided over by Jonathan Clark of the SAFC and also attended by Jeremy Steslicki of Chairman Levin’s office.
This Presidential Authority was executed by George W. Bush on September 14, 2001 in response to and for the purpose of pursing the terrorists behind the horrific events of three days prior. However, this authority, once in place, was promptly used wrongfully by the then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, upon the active Ready Reserves involved; to support a Military Action in Iraq.
As a direct result of this impropriety, countless American families and communities have been caused unnecessarily to suffer the heartrending effects of PTSD. It has been and remains my objective to strengthen the Code pertaining to this provision to see that this can never happen again.
At the conclusion of our meeting I was given the assurance that the SASC will actively pursue some resolution to this issue as well as allow me to participate and contribute, on a minor level, to its development. At that point I felt strongly enough about reaching my goal of attaining concrete positive action to end my Fast. At 5:15 PM I had cup of soup and a glass of wine, taking my first sustenance other than water in 29 days.
Tough the Fast is over, the work is not. I am asking all who read this to join in contributing to and supporting the effort to strengthen and tighten the entire Subsection of Title 10 as it relates to the Mobilization Powers granted the President and Congress. We need a guarantee that these powers cannot, in the future, be so easily used in a manner that goes so against the spirit in which they were conceived; that of temporarily providing for our security while we build our Regular Army to a strength sufficient to ensure our defense.
As a result, both our future security and health will be better protected. If you possess or receive any supporting documentation or considerations, I urge you to forward it to the offices of the House and Senate Armed Forces Committees.
In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone here for the many kindnesses I have been afforded by you in the last month. And please feel free to contact me at any time.