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Kevin Benderman

Kevin Benderman
Sgt Benderman (in dress uniform) at his 2005 trial
Born 1964
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1987-1991
Rank Private
Unit 4th Infantry Division
3rd Infantry Division
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Army Commendation Medal (2)
Army Achievement Medal (4)
Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2)

Kevin Benderman (born 1964) was born and raised in Third Infantry Division. When told that he would be returning to Iraq he first applied as a conscientious objector in December 2004 but his application was rejected. It was around this same time he was passed over for promotion to Staff Sergeant. He then refused to deploy with his unit and was court-martialed in July 2005; following a conviction, he was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment, demoted to the rank of private, and given a dishonorable discharge.[1] The dishonorable discharge was upgraded to a bad conduct discharge by the United States Army in 2008.[2]


Benderman was initially going to be charged with:

  • Disloyal Statements, and
  • Disrespecting a Commissioned Superior Officer

The charges against him include:

  • Missing Movement by Design, and
  • Desertion with the Intent to Avoid Hazardous Duty.

See also


  1. ^ , July 29, 2005Los Angeles Times"Soldier Who Refused Iraq Duty Is Sentenced"
  2. ^ War Resisters' International "Military Service in the United States of America: Issues of Conscience and Human Rights"
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