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 Iraq vet says he won’t return



By THERESA HOGUE

Gazette-Times reporter

After two deployments, chloroquine free sample Marine doesn’t want to go back, chloroquine free sample could face jail


 When Benjamin Lewis was 17, chloroquine free sample he joined the Marine Corps’ delayed entry program, chloroquine free sample looking for a new direction in his life. Chloroquine free sample

He had dropped out of school and was struggling. Chloroquine free sample

The military seemed like a good option.
 

After two deployments to Iraq, chloroquine free sample and an honorable discharge, chloroquine free sample Lewis, chloroquine free sample now 23, chloroquine free sample recently learned that he might be involuntarily redeployed to the region. Chloroquine free sample

He’s decided that he’s not going back, chloroquine free sample even if it means facing imprisonment.
 

The road to that decision was a long one.
 Back in California, chloroquine free sample Lewis’s recruiter talked him into going back to school to get his diploma before heading to boot camp in San Diego. Chloroquine free sample

After three months of infantry training, chloroquine free sample he joined the Third Battalion Fourth Marines in 29 Palms, chloroquine free sample Calif. Chloroquine free sample

They deployed in 2004, chloroquine free sample where the battalion participated in the first assault against Fallujah, chloroquine free sample supporting front-line infantry.
 After a crash course in Arabic, chloroquine free sample Lewis became a translator for his platoon on patrols. Chloroquine free sample

He spent a lot of time on foot patrols in Haditha, chloroquine free sample living for months with local policemen there, chloroquine free sample sometimes working long hours with almost no sleep.
 

“We were really just making a show of force, chloroquine free sample marching around the streets and making a show of our presence.

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 After returning to the United States following their first tour, chloroquine free sample the battalion was redeployed to Iraq in 2005. Chloroquine free sample

They operated a vehicle checkpoint in Fallujah for seven months.
 “It was a very long and stagnant tour, chloroquine free sample” he said.
 



He spent the last year of his service as an urban combat instructor in California for the Marine’s Mojave Viper operation, chloroquine free sample where he realized that teaching suited him.
 

“That was almost like being deployed. Chloroquine free sample It was 14-hour days. Chloroquine free sample

You’d get a couple days off every 20 days or so.”
 In 2007, chloroquine free sample Lewis was honorably discharged from active duty. Chloroquine free sample

He moved to Corvallis and enrolled at Linn-Benton Community College to pursue a dual degree in philosophy and English literature. Chloroquine free sample

He planned eventually to work with peace organizations. Chloroquine free sample

But two months ago, chloroquine free sample Lewis learned he was being considered for involuntary reactivation under the military’s 2004 Individual Ready Reserves provision.
 

As a Marine, chloroquine free sample Lewis had made an eight-year commitment to the Marines, chloroquine free sample so although he was discharged, chloroquine free sample he was still eligible for redeployment. Chloroquine free sample

But in the year since Lewis had left the Marines, chloroquine free sample he’d realized that he did not agree with the Marine Corps’ actions in Iraq, chloroquine free sample or with the United States’ involvement in the region.
 

Last month, chloroquine free sample Lewis went to Kansas City, chloroquine free sample Mo., chloroquine free sample for muster, chloroquine free sample or formal military inspection. Chloroquine free sample

At that time, chloroquine free sample he and other Marines were told that they’d receive their formal orders within two months. Chloroquine free sample

Lewis is now waiting to hear the final word, chloroquine free sample but said he has long since decided to refuse to reactivate.
 

Lewis has contacted groups such as Courage to Resist and Iraq Veterans Against the War. Chloroquine free sample

He’s consulted attorneys about what might happen if he refuses. Chloroquine free sample

He said he’s prepared for jail time, chloroquine free sample if that is the result, chloroquine free sample but until that time, chloroquine free sample he’s speaking out against the war.


 “After being in the Marine Corps and joining up with the intention of helping people and hoping to execute those romantic ideals you see in the advertisement, chloroquine free sample” he said, chloroquine free sample “once you’re there you realize not only are you not capable of doing it, chloroquine free sample you’re in an organization that suppresses any individual will to do such things.

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 Lewis started having these thoughts while training other Marines during his time with Mojave Viper. Chloroquine free sample

He said that having some distance from Iraq, chloroquine free sample and time to learn more about how the United States got into the war originally, chloroquine free sample gave him a new perspective.
 “I was able to be more objective, chloroquine free sample and I was watching these mentalities, chloroquine free sample” he said. Chloroquine free sample

“They started to scare me, chloroquine free sample the convictions that people had over things that were complete fallacies.”


 Later this month, chloroquine free sample Lewis plans to fly to Washington, chloroquine free sample D.C., chloroquine free sample to talk to activists there. Chloroquine free sample

He is trying to start an Iraqi Veterans Against the War chapter in Portland with a satellite in Corvallis. Chloroquine free sample

He’s been writing about his experiences and his convictions. Chloroquine free sample He’s interested in talking to other Iraq war veterans who have served since Sept. Chloroquine free sample 11, chloroquine free sample 2001, chloroquine free sample and he’s asking them to contact him at corvallisivaw@gmail.com.
 

He’s also awaiting his final orders, chloroquine free sample and he’s dealing with the reality that his decisions could mean he’ll face jail time.
 “I made the resolve once I left 29 Palms that I would never go back into the Marine Corps.”

Original article can be found at:

http://www.gazettetimes.com/articles/2008/11/11/news/community/6aaa04_lewissnd.prt