Darrell Anderson was deployed to Iraq with the Army’s 1st Armoured Division in the spring of 2004. Darrell served most of his time in Baghdad where he was wounded by a roadside bomb after serving for 7 months. Facing the possibility of a second deployment to Iraq, Darrells conscience kept him from returning to the military. After witnessing the abuse and killing of Iraqi civilians and being ordered to fire on an automobile containing Iraqi civilians, Anderson concluded that the war is wrong. He fled to Canada rather than face the possibility of returning to Iraq. On October 6, 2006 Darrell returned to the United States and turned himself in at Ft. Knox in KY. Before turning himself in he held a press conference in which he stated, “I believed it was my human right to choose not to kill innocent people” Darrell was released from the Army three days later and is now organizing support for other miliatry resisters as member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
March 27 Update: Darrell’s fight is not yet over. He still suffers from PTSD and other health issues related to his service in Iraq. He needs and deserves VA benefits that his “other than honorable” prevent him from obtaining. Darrell still has $4,000 in oustanding legal fees that he needs to pay before he can fight for his discharge upgrade to get VA benefits. Please help this Iraq combat veteran and courageous resister get the support and care he deserves.
Please send donations to “Darrell Anderson Legal Fees Fund”, P.O. Box 54675, Lexington KY 40555-4675. Contact: [email protected]