My Last Night AWOL

August 31, 2006

I am currently in a hotel outside of Crawford, TX. Tomorrow I am going to be at Camp Casey, and I am going to give a press conference talking about the year and a half I have been AWOL, and talking about my turn-in, which I am also doing tomorrow. I am turning myself over in Fort Hood, to Fort Hood authorities, which is where I was stationed as a Military Policeman. I am turning myself in as a war resistor, a person who not only disagrees with the current administrations policies, but war in general. I am nervous, I am scared, but I am going in with my head held high, knowing that what I did was right. Sometimes doing the right thing is not a popular decision in the eyes of others. Sometimes you just need to do what you need to do to the right thing.It is 11 o’clock at night and I am very tired. Tomorrow is a long day and tomorrow is going to be a hard day, because this shaved short haired guy you see in front of you is not the guy I have been the last year and a half, and they can take my body, and they can do with it what they want, but my spirit is whole and it will be intact, and I will not let the military destroy me again and take away who I am like they did during the first 2 and a half years in the military. They are not going to win. I am going to win. What I am doing is right. I am joining a long history of war resistors, many of whom have died for their beliefs and I know tomorrow they will be looking down on me and war resistors who are alive hopefully will respect what I have to say and I hope that with as big a stage as I am going to have tomorrow that I can make people proud of my message and that I can say everything that I truly want to say.

– Mark –



2 Responses to “My Last Night AWOL”

  1. Rebecca Aguilar Says:

    I understand how standing for what you believe could exact an incredible toll on someone.

    You may feel as if you are standing alone, but there are many people who are of the same conviction and who are with you! Take courage!

  2. suzannesmomma Says:

    Dear Mark,

    I know what you have done is right in your heart. I am very proud of you for being strong and saying no to the ugliness that our country is blindly condoning. It is heroes like you, Suzanne, Ehren, Ricky, Camillo, and the entire IVAW that give me hope that our nation will survive this and be real peaceful warriors.
    Big love~

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