As many of us prepare to spend this holiday season with our family and loved ones, I ask that you keep in your thoughts the men and women in the military who are risking everything to take a stand against the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the military’s mistreatment of service members.
PFC Tony Anderson, PFC Robin Long, and Pvt. Daniel Sandate will be spending the New Year in military prison. PFC Anderson and PFC Long were jailed for 14 and 15 months respectively for their refusal to deploy to Iraq. Pvt. Sandate was sentenced to 8 months in military prison after going AWOL when his repeated attempts to receive mental health care for his PTSD were denied by the Army.
Benji Lewis and SPC Blake Ivey are publicly taking bold stands against the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan and could face eventual court martial. SPC Andre Shepherd is the first U.S. soldier to seek asylum in Germany after refusing to deploy to Iraq.