photo by Catherine Ryan /

The first woman GI to publicly take a stand against the war was released from the military brig last week after completing her sentence.On May 23, 2006 Katherine was court-martialed for refusing to train with weapons and received a bad conduct discharge and a sentence of 120 days imprisonment. With credit for time served awaiting court martial, Katherine had to serve 47 more days in prison. Katherine sent this message to her supporters after her release .

Katherine will return to school at the University of Texas at Austin and continue her work with the newly founded Austin GI Rights Hotline.