Image Army Private Hess was discharged in 2007 after resisting Iraq deployment. After his conscientious objector discharge was denied, Derek threatened to kill himself if deployed—and he was serious. He ended up with a medical discharge. “My plans now include being active to bringing my brothers and sisters home—those that were not as lucky as I was. I want to be part of the anti-war movement, and I hope others will have the courage to resist and say NO to Iraq.”