By Courage to Resist. October 28, 2008
James Burmeister was serving in Baghdad when his humvee was caught in an IED explosion and he was hit in the face with shrapnel. Suffering from the physical and emotional wounds resulting from his injury, and his experiences working with “bait and kill” teams in Iraq, James went to Canada and was AWOL until earlier this year when he decided to return to the U.S., turn himself in, and move on with his life. On July 17, James was sentenced to six months in the stockade and a bad conduct discharge. James was released from the stockade today months early, we believe due at least in part to the public attention focused on this case.