The Benderman story has generated a lot of media coverage. It is not too far fetched that perhaps a movie might be released about his case. I know of a lot of folks who would love to see movie posters of (and here you could put in any number of great titles for the movie such as “There is No Glory in Dying”, “Deserter or Man of Conscience?”, “Opponents of War: the Voice of Conscience”, or my favorite, “One Man Has Stopped Killing.” If a movie is released that examines his life, those movie posters will be kept and cherished for years. And who knows, perhaps in 50 or 60 years, they will end up in collections of vintage movie posters of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
However, below is a list of the media coverage so far.
Media Coverage: Kevin and Monica Benderman in the News
Latest Coverage of Kevin and Monica Benderman
”Objecting soldier to help troops returning home,” by Daniel Lee (Associated Press), Ledger-Enquirer.com, April 22, 2007.
”Interview with Monica Benderman,” by Charles Goyette,The Charles Goyette Show, March 28, 2007.
”Soldier who skipped Iraq tour now home after year in prison,” by Russ Bynum (Associated Press), Seattle Post Intelligencer, October 5, 2006.
”Soldier Who Refused Combat Fighting Discharge,” by Sean Harder, Savannah Morning News, October 3, 2006.
”Cover Story: Objector,” by Jim Morekis, Connect Savannah, September 27, 2006.
”Soldier Who Chose Jail Over Iraq Goes Home,” Anti-War.com, September 7, 2006.
“Monica Benderman Interview,” by Karen Kwiatkowski, Republic Boradcasting Network, July 1, 2006.
“Monica Benderman Interview,” Liberadio, June 20, 2006.
“That Other Defiant Soldier,” by Rick Anderson, Seattle Weekly, June 14, 2006. ”Vigil for Soldier Draws Two Sides,” by Katherine Tam, The Olympian Online, February 12, 2006. ”A Message From Kevin Benderman,” by Karen Kwiatkowski, Lew Rockwell.com, January 19, 2006. (Stream Interview of Monica Benderman with Karen Kwiatkowski: M3U RAM) ”There is No Glory in Dying,” by Monica Benderman, Talk Nation Radio, August 16, 2005. ”Interview with Monica Benderman,” by Dori Smith, Talk Nation Radio, August 10, 2005. ”War Objector Simply Put Conscience First,” by Stuart Cashin, Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 10, 2005.
“Other Voices: Oath to Defend the Constitution,” by Benjamin Cuker, Hampton Roads Daily Press, August 8, 2005.
“Where Do I Live?” by Cindy Sheehan (co-founder, Gold Star Families for Peace), CommonDreams.org, August 3, 2005.
“The Conviction of Kevin Benderman,” by Debbie Clark, Anti-War.com, August 1, 2005.
“In Praise of Kevin Benderman,” by Norman Solomon, Alternet, July 29, 2005. ”Oakland Rally for Iraq War Veteran, Objector Kevin Benderman” by Jeff Paterson, Indybay.org, July 29, 2005,
“Soldier Gets 15 Months in Prison for Refusing Iraq Duty,” by Russ Bynum (AP), CNN, July 29, 2005. ”Sergeant Who Claimed Conscientious Objector Status Goes to Prison,” by Sean Harder, Savannah Morning News, July 28, 2005.
Trial Images from Ft. Stewart, Yahoo! News, July 28, 2005
“Soldier Who Refused Iraq Duty Faces Charge,” by Russ Bynum (Associated Press), Washington Post, July 28, 2005.
“Deserter or Man of Conscience?” by Sean Harder, Savannah Morning News, July 28, 2005.
“Judge Drops Larceny Charges Against Soldier Refusing Deployment,” by Russ Bynum (Associated Press), AccessNorthGA.com, July 23, 2005
“Objecting Soldier to Face Larceny Charges,” by Russ Bynum (Associated Press), Washington Post, June 15, 2005. ”Soldier May Face Desertion Court-Martial,” New York Times, June 6, 2005 ”Defense Argues Against New Court-Martial for Objecting Soldier,” by Russ Bynam (Associated Press), Tallahassee Democrat, May 26, 2005. ”The Deserters: AWOL Crisis Hits the American Forces,” by Andrew Buncombe, The Independent, May 16, 2005. ”New charge added as second investigative inquiry starts in Benderman’s case,” by Kelly Cramer, Savannah Morning News, May 12, 2005. ”New Hearing Ordered for Objecting Soldier,” by Russ Bynum (Associated Press), The Guardian, Thursday May 12, 2005
“Interview with Kevin and Monica Benderman,” by Dori Smith, WHUS Storrs, Radio for the People, May 4, 2005. ”Conscientious Objector status for Army Sgt. Kevin Benderman Denied,” by Robert S. Finnegan, Online Journal.com, April 29, 2005. ”Defense lawyer, investigator square off over Benderman’s conscientious objector application,” by Mike Fabey, Savannah Morning News, March 28, 2005. ”Two years after the war began, a growing number of US troops are refusing to return to Iraq,” by Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, March 19, 2005.
“Opponents of War: Kevin Benderman, Alvin York and the Voice of Conscience,” by Joel T. Helfrich, Dissident Voice, March 17, 2005. Kevin and Monica Benderman on Air America’s “The Charles Goyette Show,” Thursday, March 17, 2005 (Click here for Audio Link 1; Click here for Audio Link 2) Kevin Benderman interviewed by Amy Goodman on the “Democracy Now” radio program, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 (Click here for link to program audio and transcript)
“Court Martial Date Set: Soldier prepares rebuttal for recommendation to deny him conscientious objector status,” Savannah Morning News, March 8, 2005.
“Soldier seeking conscientious objector status loses a round,” Savannah Morning News, March 2, 2005.
Kevin Benderman interview on National Public Radio (NPR), “Army Sergeant Refuses Return to Iraq,” February 28, 2005.
“Court-Martial Recommended for Soldier,” New York Times, February 23, 2005. ”Recommendation: Benderman Faces Court-Martial on Desertion Charge,” Savannah Morning News, February 22, 2005. ”Some in Military Just Say No to Iraq Service,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 19, 2005.
“One Man Has Stopped Killing,” ZNet, February 18, 2005.
“Sincerity questioned: Sergeant seeking conscientious objection status defends timing and conviction of request,” Savannah Morning News, February 8, 2005.
“Breaking Ranks to Shun War,” Los Angeles Times, Column One, Front Page, February 7, 2005; article currently only for purchase on the LA Times website, but available for free on the Common Dreams website.
“Uncertain Desertion, ” Savannah Morning News, February 7, 2005.