Military’s Poor Treatment Drives Soldiers’ Advocate

Soldiers are taught to persevere in situations that present themselves as dire. They are taught to adapt a mindset and drive on through their obstacles to achieve their objective. Andrew Pogany learned this lesson very well and now uses this mindset to attack military leaders attempting to harm seemingly defenseless soldiers.

Pogany was once deemed a coward by the military. In 2003, Pogany, as 32-year-old Ssgt., volunteered to go to war with a team of Green Berets to replace another soldier that could not deploy. Within a couple days, Pogany saw a dead Iraqi; shredded down to almost nothing. His response was what he thought was a panic attack but was concluded to be nothing more than a normal combat stress reaction. Pogany was told to rest and go back to duty.

Pogany, however, was shipped back to Fort Carson where he was charged with “cowardly conduct as a result of fear.” He was being called a coward. Worse, the charge was punishable by death under the UCMJ. He was not convicted and it was later discovered that his reaction was due to an adverse reaction to an anti-malaria drug. He was discharged with full medical benefits.

He has been called a coward and angry. One justified, the other not so much. Pogany gets angry when he sees soldiers being treated wrongly by the military they volunteered to serve. Word has gotten around and Pogany is now the man to go to when soldiers have issues. Pogany understands how vital it is to have someone to go to in those darkest of times.

While Pogany lives for his advocacy, he is still training another person to help him out. As much as he would like to leave work and spend time with his new child, there always seems to be something drawing him back to his office; some new soldier in need of help or some new battle to fight.

Now it is the “coward” facing down the big bad military machine. He has done it hundreds of times and will likely do it hundreds of more times. Some people criticize Pogany and some praise his work. One thing both sides must agree on is that he cares about soldiers and he zealously advocates for his soldiers and what he believes they deserve.