Soldier arrested after being AWOL fro...

Soldier arrested after being AWOL from Fort Drum for past year

There are 5 comments on the WCAX-TV Burlington story from Nov 14, 2007, titled Soldier arrested after being AWOL from Fort Drum for past year. In it, WCAX-TV Burlington reports that:

A Fort Drum soldier who served two combat tours in Iraq before going AWOL has been arrested not far from the upstate Army post. via WCAX-TV Burlington

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Christie Craig

Massena, NY

#1 Nov 14, 2007
I believe that he should be held accountable for his acctions. Yes it is sad that he had to serve two tours over in Iraq, and Im sure he felt that he just couldnt handle this anymore, but the military has a great support system to help get him thru the tradgedy, and he should have gone thru the proper channels. You do NOT desert your unit, your soldiers or your country. That is morally wrong.
Nancy

New York, NY

#2 Nov 15, 2007
He will get a punishment but not much. Then he is going to get what he wants and that is no more tours. He will be seperated from the military. I honestly think that is wrong. But that is just me.
Christie Craig

Massena, NY

#3 Nov 17, 2007
I think what he did is wrong, no matter what the situation. They have a code for a reason, they all say it when they are sworn in, they all live by it, and they all die by it. They do not have a choice in the matter once they sign the paper and take the oath. They give up that right. The fact that he is punished and seperated fromt he military, its called an unhonorable discharge, is a good thing. I dont know about the rest of you, but once a deserter always a deserter. And I for one do not want him standing in front of or behind my Soldier being responsible for covering his back. What happens when they are on the front line and he decides he cant handle it and he deserts his post. Guess what, my Soldier or yours might get killed. I dont want that anymore than anyone else. So by all means, dont send him back over there. Throw his ass int he brig where he belongs.
Elizabeth

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#4 Mar 8, 2008
I am sure he had his reasons. I am military and some can handle it and some can't. He did what he thought was best for him.
Teeney

Jesup, GA

#5 Oct 21, 2008
Christie Craig obviously isnt a soldier and has not been thru what most of these people go thru Iam talking about the reality of life. We arent all blessed to see our family and children everyday and they go off for a year or more and come back home safe a problem free. Everyone deals with different walks of life and the army is a tough place. I know of a female who went awol she was living apart from her husband with two children, car broke down and was very stressed. She was dealing with a lot on her own and wanted her children to not b affected by it all. So I thnk he should recieve his punishment of getting kicked out and go on proudly a vet who served his country in its time of war.

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