Ivan Brobeck enlisted in the Marine’s Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP) at age 17 while still attending high school in Arlington, Virginia. After graduation Ivan entered boot camp in June 2003.
He completed boot camp and infantry training and was sent to his permanent unit stationed at Camp LeJune in November of 2003.
In March of 2004, Ivan was deployed with his unit to Iraq.
While stationed in Iraq, Ivan was assigned security at checkpoints in the city of Mahmudiyah and Fallujah. While in Iraq he witnessed the abuse of Iraqi detainees and the killing of civilians by the United States military.
Ivan Brobeck completed his seven month tour in Iraq with his unit and returned to the United States in October 2004.Upon returning from Iraq Ivan Brobeck suffered with symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and went UA (Unauthorized Absence) in March of 2005.
While UA Ivan was diagnosed with PTSD by a civilian doctor.
In April of 2005 Ivan Brobeck fled to Canada to seek sanctuary.
In November 2006 Ivan Brobeck will return to the United States and turn himself in to the custody of the Marines.
Ivan Brobeck has the full support of his family.