27 Jan 2015

US military veteran and conscientious objector Rory Fanning

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 27 January 2015

Rory Fanning served two tours of duty in Afghanistan in the United States Army Rangers, before leaving the military as a conscientious objector. Almost everything about him, and his beliefs, had changed in that time - from entering the army as a conservative Republican Christian, he'd emerged as a socialist atheist. Disillusioned by the death of one of his comrades, sports star Pat Tillman, who was killed in a friendly fire incident that was initially covered up by the military, Rory was at a loss. He set out to walk across the entire United States in honour of Tillman, and has now written the book, Worth Fighting For, about his experiences. Rory has also written about his disquiet at the way veterans in the US are "blindly celebrated" for their service.