KY Soldier AWOL

By: Sarah Goebel
By: Sarah Goebel

A Central Kentucky soldier went AWOL and is returning home to face the consequences.

Darrell Anderson of Lexington told the Lexington Herald-Leader he's planning to turn himself in to a special processing unit at Fort Knox for soldiers absent without leave. That could mean a dishonorable discharge, jail time, or both.

Anderson went to Iraq with the First Armored Division. He received a Purple Heart after being wounded by a roadside bomb. But Anderson says he quickly became disillusioned with the war.

While on leave in late 2004, he decided to flee to Canada. He says his application to be declared a refugee wasn't filed on time, so he hasn't been able to get work and could be deported.

He says returning home seems to be his only alternative.

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