4 Seconds Of Your Time Can Save A War Hero
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Charles Martland is a hero. Not only is he a recipient of the Bronze Star, he also saved a young boy from sexually molestation in Afghanistan.
What reward is he being given for rescuing the child?
He is being kicked out of the Army.
You read that right. He’s losing his job.
Here’s the backstory:
In Sept 2011 there was an incident between Martland and an Afghan police commander named Abdul Rahman.
An interpreter came to Martland and another soldier and explained that a young boy had been “tied to a post in Rahman’s house and was raped repeatedly” for days. When confronted, Rahman admitted to the event and laughed it off.
The other soldier picked Rahman up and threw him. Martland “body slammed” him. Rahman immediately ran off from the camp.
Rather than receiving recognition as a hero, Martland was ordered to be discharged from the Army.
The SFC has stated that he had a “moral obligation to act.”
Col. Steve Johnson has a different, and idiotic, opinion. “You cannot try to impose American values and American norms onto the Afghan culture because they’re completely different.”
“Bacha Bazi” is the Afghan practice of influential men using young boys as their sexual partners. Yeah, I would say that is different.
The American Center For Law and Justice has been working tirelessly to save SFC Martland. His discharge has been delayed multiple times thanks to their efforts.
Now they are asking for your help. The deadline for his final appeal is fast approaching. Over 337,000 people signed the initial petition for the hero.
A letter writing campaign has now been started by the ACLJ. You can send a letter electronically to Defense Secretary Carter and acting Secretary Murphy. There is a pre-written version that use can simply sign and send. It takes approximately 4 seconds. I timed it.
You can do it by clicking here.
The more people who make their voices heard, the better the chance that Martland will not lose his career for doing what was right.
In the words of Representative Duncan Hunter “Sgt. Martland had a moral obligation to intervene. Now we must intervene for Sgt. Martland.”
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan