U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd receives award from German newspaper
(18.09.2010) „In choosing André Shepherd, the taz Readers Award 2010 honours an Iraq war veteran whose fate made him a symbolic figure," editor Bernd Pickert said at the award ceremony, as quoted in the taz today. "André Shepherd did what soldiers are prohibited from doing: he made a decision. Alone. He took responsibility for his own decisions and said: I am not doing this anymore." Pickert praised Shepherd’s courage to defy accepted opinion and risk great personal hardship for his convictions.