|Place of birth||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||2003–2007|
|Rank||Communications Electronics Specialist|
Liam Madden is a former United States Marine and a veteran of the Iraq War. Shortly before leaving the military, he founded the Appeal for Redress, an antiwar petition by active-duty U.S. service-members. He is currently a leader of Iraq Veterans Against the War, serving as treasurer of the Boston chapter.
Military service[edit | edit source]
Madden served in the USMC from January 2003 to January 2007, as a Communications Electronics Specialist. During this time, he deployed to Kuwait, Thailand, Okinawa, Japan, and Korea, and spent seven months in Iraq.
Appeal for Redress[edit | edit source]
While still in the military, Madden wrote and began circulation of the Appeal for Redress, taking advantage of a legal right for U.S. military personnel to petition their Congressional representatives. The Appeal, which had been signed by over 2000 active-duty military personnel as of January, 2008, states:
As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.
Discharge hearing[edit | edit source]
After the end of his term of service, but while still a member of the Individual Ready Reserve, Madden was investigated by the Marines for his antiwar activities. He was charged with making disloyal statements and with wearing his uniform at a political event, and he was threatened with having his discharge status revised to "Other Than Honorable", which would prevent him from receiving benefits.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Adam Kokesh, Marine who faced a similar discharge hearing
References[edit | edit source]
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