Robin long flees to Canada just as his unit is being deployed to Iraq.
AWOL for three years, long was deported from Canada and sent back to the U.S. just last week. This, the first time since the Vietnam era.
Long’s support comes from a local activist group who was out in protest Friday in Colorado Springs. They claim, Long didn't know what he was getting into when he joined the service, saying had the right to flee to Canada.
Others feel the exact opposite saying, if you plan to join the military during war-time, you better be prepared to go to war.
"There's a huge propaganda smear across the country to get young men to join the military”, says Garett Reppenhagen who fought in Iraq in 2005.
But according to Colonel B. Shannon Davis, the requirements of service are clear from the very beginning.
"There should be no reservations when you take the oath of office to protect your country and fight for your country", said Davis.
But Long's supporters refuse to give up. They refuse to believe the war in Iraq is justified. So they protest, hoping Long is set free.