US soldier faces court martial for refusing to return to Iraq
Sgt. Kevin Benderman faces court martial for refusing re-deployment to Iraq. The
Conscientious Objection Defense Fund and the Defense Committee have raised about
$3000 of the initial $5000 that is needed to secure expert private counsel.
Sunny Miller interviewed Kevin and Monica Benderman this week by phone. They
spoke from their home in Georgia. You can hear the interview, keep up to date
with developments and make a tax deductible donation to his defense in this
landmark case at
Donations made be made on-line via PayPal or by the mail. Donations that are not
tax deductible may be made to the Kevin Benderman Defense Committee.
Kevin Benderman has taken a courageous stand against war. Helping him is helping
others who want to do what he has done but hesitate.
Benderman asked to be discharged as a conscientious objector and refused to
return to Iraq from Fort Stewart, Georgia. He has the appointed military
counsel, but has also been advised to retain an expert civilian attorney.
"I cannot tell anyone else how to live his or her life but I have determined how
I want to live mine - by not participating in war any longer..." Sgt. Kevin
Benderman told L.A. Times reporter David Zucchino that he was badly shaken by
what he witnessed during a six months tour of duty in Iraq in 2003. "He saw a
young Iraqi girl with her arm horribly burned and blackened, standing helplessly
on a roadside as Benderman's convoy rushed past ..."
"Benderman said he begged an officer to stop and help the girl, but was told
that the unit couldn't spare its limited medical supplies. 'I had to look at
that little girl, look into her eyes, and in her eyes I saw the
TRUTH. I cannot kill,' Benderman wrote in his application."
The Kevin Benderman C.O. Defense Fund was established in February 2005 as an
affiliated project of Traprock Peace Center in Deerfield, Massachusetts. For
further information call Sunny Miller at Traprock Peace Center, 413-773-7427.