Oregon Soldier Detained After Refusal to Return to Iraq

EUGENE, Ore. -- A 21-year-old woman who refused to deploy with her Army unit to Iraq for a second tour has been arrested and will be returned to Fort Lewis, Eugene police said Monday.

Eugene police Sgt. Rich Stronach said Spec. Suzanne Swift, 21, told officers that she did not want to go back to Iraq.

She was picked up Sunday night at the Army's request.

Swift was listed as AWOL late last year, and her unit left for Iraq without her.

She served her first tour with a military police unit in 2004, her mother, Sarah Rich, told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Rich said her daughter broke down and said she could not return because of the war and the way she was treated. She said her daughter was belittled, called names and frequently propositioned.


Donation ButtonPlease help Courage to Resist support the troops that refuse to fight with your urgently needed tax-deductible donation today. Donate today.


Sign up for our national bi-monthly e-newsletter and we will keep up-to-date about upcoming military trials, coordinated actions, letter writing campaigns, and more. (Archive)

Subscribe Unsubscribe

Why Donate?

ImageInterfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Los Angeles

"Your donations to Courage to Resist will help assure that those among our military who might otherwise be compelled to remain silent are able to take a strong and public stand..."

read more | donate now

GI Rights Hotline

For help getting out of the military, or related military issues, call the new GI Rights Hotline number at 877-447-4487. Free, confidential, and accurate info for troops, vets, recruits, and their families.