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OCCO (Oklahoma Committee for Conscientious Objectors)

The Missourian: The soul of a soldier — Jake Malloy’s Baptist beliefs led him to petition the Army for an exemption from combat duty. Now he’s waiting to see if he’ll be given the right not to fight. – by Leah Lohse

The Missourian Interactive Feature: Becoming a conscientious objector

Jake is one of the servicemembers that OCCO counsels about discharge and civil rights issues, and he does an excellent job of explaining how his faith in Jesus led him to the place of conscientious objection.

For those of you who are of the praying persuasion, please remember him in your prayers as his claim is going to be heard by the Department of Army’s CO Review Board soon (the highest level of review within the military, the next step would require appeals in civilian courts)

Also there are many other servicemembers who need help everyday. Some are conscientious objectors like Jake, others are seeking discharge because of medical issues, psychiatric issues, or for family hardships. OCCO counsels servicemembers in all of these situations who are seeking to exercise their civil rights or seek a discharge. If you can help us in this work (whether it be financially or by volunteering), please contact us!

Also one correction should be made, in the otherwise excellent story about Jake, in this except…

If he is denied, Malloy says he plans to take his case to civilian court with the help of James Branum, a counselor with the Oklahoma Committee for Conscientious Objectors, and other legal counsel.

While I will be helping Jake in any way legally possible, I’m not “legal counsel” for Jake since I’m not an attorney at this time. (I know this is semantics but that’s the law)

For more info on OCCO go to: