Army Specialist Marc Hall Jailed for a Song

Posted on January 28, 2010


When Marc Hall found out that he was going to be subject to “Stop Loss” and sent back to Iraq after his term was up, he wrote a song. His wife  had just had a baby and he had other plans. To voice his frustration and that of others who have been subject to the military’s practice of Stop Loss, he wrote a song that really expressed what he felt. To hear the song and find out more:

This is what we’ve come to now, putting someone in jail for a song?

Currently an estimated 13,000 people are being kept in IRAQ fighting under Stop Loss orders. Please spread the word about this. All these people that come back from the wars are stressed out beyond belief. Many come back in an extended state of shock that lasts the rest of their lives. For him to write this song was a healthy way of contesting the Stop Loss. He needs to be released and left to live his life with his family. He and everyone over in those places fighting the wars that don’t make sense deserve to be honored and respected and let alone to be happy in whatever way they can after going through something like that. It is a great dishonor for our country that we are doing this to a songwriter, that we could do something like this to anyone who has risked their life for this country, is just wrong.


Stop-loss, in the United States military, is the involuntary extension of a service member’s active duty service under the enlistment contract in order to retain them beyond their initial end of term of service (ETS) date.