Staff Sergeant Brandon King leads his men into an ambush twenty-eight days before their tour in Iraq is over. Four died, one is missing limbs, and the rest get back to the States and self-medicate their unacknowledged post-traumatic stress by hitting the bottle. King doesn’t want to re-enlist, but he gets “stop-lossed.” The U.S. government legally extended his military contract without his consent. When King finds out, he panics, goes AWOL, and has to decide if he will permanently live on the lam or if he’ll go back to Iraq. Stop-Loss, directed by Kimberly Peirce, highlights a controversial military procedure that has affected over 80,000 soldiers who have served in the Iraq War.
Involuntary Military Service
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