Are you the kind of person who, because your brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, uncle and/or grandfather — maybe even yourself — served and had a pretty good experience, has always been hesitant to believe stories that paint some aspect of the Armed Forces in a negative light? If so, we need to talk.
Since publishing my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, I’ve heard from quite a few people like you — people who’ve told me they simply cannot believe a U.S. Army court-martial panel would convict and sentence a man based almost solely on the words of a former mental patient who could produce no physical evidence or eyewitnesses to substantiate her claims.
Conversely, I don’t recall hearing from anyone who, after reading my book, said they still doubted the innocence of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, the highly-decorated combat veteran whose world was turned upside down by a baseless conviction during three days in August 2009.
Now, I ask, “In which camp will you choose to remain?” Will you stay in the camp of the “ignorant bliss,” comprised of folks who would rather not know (i.e., “out of sight, out of mind”) or will you encamp with the well-informed who, after reading about Sergeant Stewart’s plight, will advocate for changes that improve the military justice system for future soldiers — possibly your children or grandchildren?
It’s time to choose sides!
I would appreciate you joining the ranks of the well-informed. So would Sergeant Stewart as he awaits news of his latest appeal hearing.
Now, I’m headed back to my office to work on book #2, THE CLAPPER MEMO is out! and continue my now-80-day battle to obtain an unclassified document from the U.S. Army via the Freedom of Information Act.
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