Iraq war veteran living in Canada to resist redeployment.
“Courage to Resist is a organization that has helped many soldiers, including myself who have taken a vital stance in refusing to redeploy to Iraq…”
This statement is to express my thanks to the Courage to Resist organization for all of the hard work they have done over the past year for both myself and other veterans from the Iraq war–both those who have refused to return and those who the government somehow loses in its vital statistics for veterans benefits after the war.
I first linked up with Courage to Resist after deciding to return to the United States from Canada in October of 2006 and then being denied for a second time a discharge from military service.
Courage to Resist is a organization that has helped many soldiers, including myself who have taken a vital stance in refusing to redeploy to Iraq. I want to thank everyone within the Courage to Resist organization for all of their support over the past months in providing much needed financial assistance as well as giving me a heightened sense of well being.
I have had less stresses over the past year knowing that if I ever fall again that someone from this organization will help the best they can to pick me up. I quite literally owe my life to them. I would not have been able to conduct a five state, ten city speaking tour had it not been for their financial support, and I am very grateful.
Members of this organization have sat in the court martial of American soldiers, including LT. Watada, and SPC. Aguayo, showing very boldly their support of these courageous men–and continuing to do everything they can to bring troops home safely from Iraq. I will support this organization any way I can as long as they exist to support a pro-peace movement.
Thank you to everyone in this organization on behalf of myself and my wife. I don’t know where we would be today if it were not for the time spent by the members of Courage to Resist.
Always, Kyle & Maleah Friesen
Kyle and Maleah were recently married in Canada. Kyle has taken Meleah’s name and now goes by Kyle Friesen.