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02/23/05

Benderman Faces Court Martial

A Fort Stewart soldier is facing a court martial. Sgt. Kevin Benderman refused to deploy back to Iraq in January. He told his commanders he wanted conscientious objector status. Benderman says, unless you experience the things he went through in Iraq, you can't understand how he feels.

"Seeing how dehumanizing it is for our men and women in order to get along in that environment takes away all our humanity," he said in a Feb. 7 interview.

The Army is charging Benderman with desertion and missing movement. If convicted, he could get seven years in prison, a reduction in rank and a dishonorable discharge.

They're considering his application for conscientious objector status as a separate issue.

Reported by: Aaron Vogel, avogel@wtoc.com

 

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