Richness Beyond Wealth

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:


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

One Response to “Richness Beyond Wealth”

  1. Shelly Zapp says:

    Dear Michael,
    I am glad you finally are living your life on your terms. I sat next to your father on a plane many years ago and he told me your story. He wrote DEFENDMICHAEL.COM in all caps so I could look it up myself. I shared it with others as many in my family were in the military, I am what is referred to as a military brat so I been around military institutions. I have even been to Leavenworth (once). I never wrote on the site but I’ve never forgotten either. I am happy for you and your family, that you are free. One of the things your dad said that I haven’t forgotten he state were the words you told him: As a soldier you knew you were better prepared that most to survive in a prison environment…that is paraphrased but I think pretty close to his words. I could tell how much love and respect he had for you and would never quit trying to get justice for you. Congratulations years late, maybe but I hope you all have a happy life from here on out.

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