A Fort Stewart soldier who refused to be sent back to Iraq for a second tour faces a general court-martial--again--today. Sgt. Kevin Benderman, 40, is charged with desertion. Other charges of larceny against Benderman were dismissed by a military judge last week.
This is Benderman's second court-martial. A judge in the first trial in May threw out the charges because of irregularities, and ordered a new investigation.
Benderman insists he never deserted the Army, although he skipped his Third Infantry Division's flight in January, just ten days after giving his commanders notice that he was seeking a discharge as a conscientious objector.