Groucho Marx once said that military justice is to justice what military music is to music. Lt. Jullian Goodrum laughs at that quote. “It’s crazy,” the 35-year-old Army reservist and Iraq vet says about his knock-down, drag-out fight with the Army. It pushed him to the edge, physically, emotionally and financially. “I have to laugh. Otherwise I’d go crazy,” he says.
It has been a year and a half since Goodrum, back from Iraq and haunted by suicidal thoughts and flashbacks related to his time there, checked himself into a civilian psychiatric hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., after being turned away from a military hospital. The Army subsequently accused him of desertion, which can mean six years in the military’s Fort Leavenworth, Kan., prison. Goodrum fought back, but he had no idea then what he was up against.
—Mark Benjamin, salon.com, June 7, 2005