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Soldier Had Friend Shoot Him to Avoid Iraq Deployment

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The Los Angeles Times

Wednesday 27 February 2008

Investigators say a GI had a friend wound him in the leg and made up a story about it so that he would avoid duty in Iraq.

The soldier staggered, wounded and bloody, into an Apple Valley mini-mart last weekend claiming to be a victim, shot and robbed while on leave from Iraq.

Now investigators say it was all a ploy: They believe that Army Pfc. Matthew Myers, 20, of Apple Valley arranged for a friend to shoot him so he could avoid returning to Iraq.

Myers first called 911 about 9:30 p.m. Sunday from the AM/PM convenience store at 15333 Rancherias Road, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire.

Myers, home on an emergency family leave while serving with the 101st Airborne Division based at Ft. Campbell, Ky., told sheriff's investigators that he was walking at the Apple Valle


Added: Feb-27-2008 
By: AndyBIue
Iraq, Middle East
Tags: Soldiers, Army, Navy, Air force Maines, Shame, America, Bush, Cheney, Missuse, PTSD, Despair, Death, Dying, Horrible
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