US Army Pvt. Rochester, New York native spoke out against the upcoming US invasion of Iraq at a Veterans Day event in New York City on November 10, 2002. He had been AWOL for nearly a year.

Private Torres surrendered at Ft. Myers, Virginia later that day and was sent to Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Wilfredo reported that at least sixty other AWOL soldiers were in the unit when he arrived, many having already spent several weeks awaiting the resolution of their cases. A phone call from a Rolling Stone reporter asking to interview Wilfredo got the command’s attention. The next morning he was quickly processed for discharge, seven days after he had arrived. He was given an Other than Honorable discharge administratively in lieu of court-martial and driven to the local bus depot.

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