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Army to deploy conscientious objector

Editor's note: The lawyer representing PVC Munoz, James M. Branum, is legal director for OCC. Private still scheduled for upcoming deployment to Afghanistan Killeen, Texas - A soldier seeking a discharge from the Army based on a conscientious objection to war has been told by the command at Fort Hood that it still intends to deploy him to Afghanistan sometime in the coming weeks. PVC Christopher MunozPrivate Second Class Christopher Munoz, 22, applied for a C.O. (conscientious objector) discharge on June 25, 2013. He has also asked for his deployment to be delayed until request for discharge would be given a fair hearing. Servicemembers are eligible for C.O. status if they can prove to military authorities that they are opposed to all wars, and that the opposition is grounded in religious belief or moral conviction that is sincere and occurred at some point after enlistment. PV2 Munoz's application asserts that he qualified for this status according to the provisions of Army Regulation 600-43. As a C.O applicant, PV2 Munoz cannot be made to carry weapons or munitions if deployed. “If deployed, PV2 Munoz will be at significant risk for harassment by his fellow soldiers since he will effectively be a 'dead weight' on the unit. Despite these very real risks, PV2 Munoz's command has said that a delay of his deployment will not be considered,” said James M. Branum, an attorney who represents PV2 Munoz.

Imprisoned US Army war resister needs your help today

Part of the work of the Oklahoma Center for Conscience is helping to provide low cost (and sometimes no cost) legal assistance to military war resisters. The following story is about one of the clients that our legal director has worked with. We urge you to read this statement and…

Winter Soldier hearings set for Austin, TX on Feb. 28

OCC is thrilled to be working with IVAW and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild to help organize and promote Winter Soldier Austin, hearings using testimony from soldiers to tell the realities of the war in Iraq. Several of our members will be participating, either by providing testimony,…

Support COs by helping to cover their legal costs

The Oklahoma Center for Conscience has helped a number of active duty service members who are seeking status as conscientious objectors. Such status is allowed within the Military Code of Justice, but is difficult to prove to their satisfaction. We are fortunate that OCC's co-founder, James M. Branum, right here…

Fundraising Drive for Legal Support for CO cases Key and Sandate

The following message comes from the attorney that works with Oklahoma Center for Conscience. He provides low-cost, and when possible through our support, no-cost legal services to active duty military seeking conscientious objector status and discharge. We will shortly have a Paypal button on this site for easy donations using…