The Third Infantry Division soldier who deserted his post and filed for conscientious objector status is speaking out in Atlanta. On Saturday, Sgt. Kevin Benderman told Georgia Tech students he was asked to follow orders he considered inhumane during his tour in Iraq in 2003.
So when his brigade was redeployed, he refused to go, saying he couldn't support the war. He said over the years, he realized he had too many objections to remain a soldier.
"I couldn't, in good conscience, look through the sights of a rifle and shoot someone that I realized was just like me," he said.
Benderman says he's prepared to stand by his decision. He faces a court-martial on Wednesday.