Military

First Female Soldier To Flee the Military To Avoid War in Iraq Will Be Court Martialed

Pfc. Kimberly Rivera fled to Canada

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The first female soldier to flee the U.S. military for Canada to avoid the Iraq war is to be court-martialed Monday.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports ( http://bit.ly/12wpci6 ) Pfc. Kimberly Rivera is charged with desertion and faces up to five years in prison and a dishonorable discharge if convicted.

Rivera was assigned to Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Colorado and served in Iraq in 2006. She says she became disillusioned with the mission.