Richness Beyond Wealth

April 13th, 2016

Greetings to all Michael’s supporters,

 

It has been a while since we sent an update, but we are glad to report Michael is doing extremely well. It has been 2 years since he was released from Leavenworth and he has not wasted a minute. He thoroughly enjoys ranching, and spending time with his family, especially the niece and nephew. His niece really enjoys riding horses on Michael’s place and picking up the eggs the chickens so generously provide.

 

His assimilation into the small community has been as easy as it could be. Many there know Michael’s story and have offered their prayers and support for anything he might need – much the way many of you did throughout his appeal process and imprisonment. Michael is very blessed to have so many people who have his back and continue to contact him or hold him up in prayer. We have no doubt that he will have a very successful future.

 

Michael named his small ranch – “SCAK Ranch” – for his fallen soldiers Steven Christofferson and Adam Kohlhaas. They were killed in Iraq on 4/21/2008, which creates a lot of intense reflection for Michael every April. Also, please keep the Christofferson and Kohlhaas families in your prayers as this time of year is especially hard on them.

 

Only 3 of the Leavenworth 10 remain in prison, as several have been released within the past year. Perhaps President Obama will find it in his heart to release the remainder of the L10 after their long incarcerations. As a by-product of war, we know many terrorists have been released from Guantanamo, and about 1/3 of those released return to the battlefield. Also as a consequence of split second decisions in the fog of war – we know NONE of these Leavenworth 10 warriors are a danger to anyone, they have lost their military careers & benefits, and should now be returned to their families to become productive members of society.

 

Here is a recent article which explains the stories of the remaining incarcerate L10:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/03/26/members-leavenworth-10-languish-in-military-prison-while-gitmo-detainees-freed.html

 

You can add Michael on Facebook – Michael Behenna – and he would love to hear from you.

 

Bless you,

Scott & Vicki Behenna

Proud parents of Michael Behenna

Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2014

As we approach the blessed season of Christmas there is so much to celebrate and to be thankful for. Michael was released over nine months ago and he enjoys his freedom in ways that you and I most likely take for granted. The freedom to behold the beauty of wide open spaces, of sunrises and sunsets, quiet drives along the backroads of Oklahoma, listening to the restless sound of the autumn wind, or just sitting quietly on his porch as deer and wild turkey cross his front yard in the country. It is a peaceful life for a man at peace with himself.

Michael’s work, although physically taxing, gives him a great sense of accomplishment and purpose. Cattle ranching certainly seems to fit him well and the cows don’t ask many questions ….unless they are hungry. He enjoys the hard work and the long days. Most nights he is asleep before his head hits his pillow, with his dog Bo snoring right beside him. We truly believe that his new life was made possible by the support and prayers that each of you provided for Michael during his difficult time in prison.

While Michael is free to enjoy his life there is still much to be done. I am speaking of several other Soldiers who remain incarcerated in Leavenworth under similar circumstances as Michael. They too need to be lifted up and told they are meaningful and not forgotten. These Soldiers are part of what we call the “Leavenworth 10” and were also convicted of murder in war zones. Their alleged crimes were not massacres, but rather an instantaneous reaction to a threat against them or their Warrior Brothers. None of them had criminal records prior to their single military incident and we personally vouch that they are definitely not a threat to anyone. A few have been paroled, but several remain in prison with long sentences. You can read about their individual stories at www.L10freedomride.com. A simple letter or a few dollars to their canteen accounts will go a long way to showing them that Americans still care about them. In this time of giving, please consider them a worthy cause for your prayers and support.

We sincerely hope that you are filled with joy and gratitude this holiday season and surrounded by all those you hold dear.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Life After Prison

July 18th, 2014

A little over three months has passed since Michael walked out of the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. Although not totally free, as he is required to report to a Federal Parole Officer on a regular basis, Michael is living his life on his own terms. He works on a large ranch in northern Oklahoma and is learning the every day trials and tribulations of being a rancher / farmer. Michael finds great peace in rising early and putting in a hard day of work in the hot sun. Then each night he makes himself supper before sitting outside on his patio to watch the deer and wild turkey cross the road near his home. It is a good life.

Work is not the only thing Michael has been up to. In May he traveled to the Florida Keys with our family and some awesome friends to enjoy several days of fishing, eating and catching up with everyone’s lives. In late June Michael became an uncle as his brother Brett and his wife Kirby welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Lily into the world. And in July Michael traveled to Zion National Park in southwest Utah with Shannon and her Dad and sister where they hiked Angel’s Landing. It was a trip they had talked about for five years in the visitation room at Leavenworth and finally were able to experience it together.

Since he has been out Michael has promoted the cause of the other Leavenworth 10 soldiers who are still incarcerated at Fort Leavenworth. These warriors, who found themselves in similar circumstances of war as Michael was, have been imprisoned for far too long. The war in Iraq has been over for several years, the conflict in Afghanistan is winding down, and the US government continues to release the enemy who killed countless citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan and scores of US and Coalition forces. It is past time that the Army gave these Leavenworth 10 Soldiers, who fought so bravely for this country in multiple tours of combat, their own freedom so they can be reunited with their families.

Here is a link to an article and audio of Sean Hannity’s radio show where Michael spoke of these remaining Soldiers in Leavenworth.
http://www.hannity.com/articles/news-476261/the-politically-correct-imprisonment-of-us-12546813

Also, please review the attached link for the L10 and consider writing them a letter to let them know they have not been forgotten.
http://www.l10freedomride.com/

Bless all of you for your love and support of our son and his chosen brothers who remain behind bars!

Alan West Interviews Michael on the Sean Hannity Show!

July 11th, 2014

Alan West Interviews Michael on the Sean Hannity Show!

Michael Savage Interviews Michael For First Time

April 21st, 2014

Michael Savage Interviews Michael For First Time (Audio)

SOFREP Radio Interviews Michael (begins at 34:00 minute mark)

April 21st, 2014

SOFREP Radio Interviews Michael (begins at 34:00 minute mark)

Free At Last – A Letter from Michael

April 15th, 2014

Sweet Freedom – a right that should never be taken for granted!  It has been one month since I was released from prison and I have savored every moment of my freedom from behind those iron bars.  Everything about life on the outside is so much more wonderful than I even imagined it would be.  For the past four weeks I have taken each day as a gift to be cherished – spending it with my family and friends and doing the things I want to do when I want to do them.

For the first sixty days of my parole I am required to live at my parent’s house.  This is a good thing because it allows me to catch up on my mother’s home cooking which I receive in fair trade for working her long neglected flower beds.  Every day I go to the stables to ride a horse named Sue who is as stubborn as Shannon is (Sue has bucked me off twice, but I’m convinced I’m growing on her) and have even put in time fishing on the river.  I continue to read and to soak up the blessings of my life.  At the end of the month I will participate in a 3-day cow calf course in Shawnee where I will get my first taste of life as a rancher.

The only thing that taints my newfound joy is when I think about those I left behind at Fort Leavenworth.  In prison this small group of men and I became a band of brothers who had all experienced war in its most real form.  These honorable men fought for their country and did not deserve what they were given for their service.  I was fortunate to have the support structure that I had or I would still be in prison to this very day.  I humbly ask that you give the same support to them that you gave to me.  When I was behind bars my favorite time of day was without exception when the mail was delivered to my cell.  I remember receiving cards and letters from you and the encouragement I felt knowing that I was not forgotten.  It transformed despair into hope.  These are good men whom I got to know personally and I vouch for every one of them.  If not for the untenable positions put upon them in the heat of battle they would never have seen the inside of a prison.  They need your prayers, your cards, your letters, magazines and books, and your donations for their legal fight for freedom against a military justice system that is short on justice and long on political correctness.  As a convicted felon I am not allowed to contact any of these men and so I ask that you do so for me.  They are each a cause worth fighting for.   The stories of John Hatley, Joseph Mayo, Michael Leahy, Derrick Miller, Cory Clagett, Michael Williams, and Clint Lorance can be found on the website www.L10freedomride.com.

I saw a video recently where an elderly man said, “You think this is just another day in your life?  It’s not just another day.  It’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.”  I am trying to live my life like that – where I see each day as a gift of freedom and where my only response to that gift is gratitude.  To each one of you I want to express my deepest gratitude for giving me this incredible gift through your countless acts of kindness and support.  Praise God Almighty, I Am Free At Last!

Respectfully,

Michael Behenna

www.defendmichael.com

www.L10freedomride.com

Michael Arrives Home (News9)

March 31st, 2014

Michael Arrives Home (News9)

Michael Behenna Released From Prison

March 31st, 2014

Michael Behenna Released From Prison

Michael Behenna Released from USDB (Edmond Sun)

March 31st, 2014

Michael Behenna Released from USDB (Edmond Sun)