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Ala. Reservist Who Refused Deployment Faces Hearing

St. Louis, MO – An Army sergeant from Alabama who last year refused deployment to Iraq faces an administrative hearing on Tuesday.

Matthis Chiroux (MAY'-this shuh-ROW) is not facing a court-martial, but the hearing at the Army Human Resources Command in St. Louis will determine whether he gets an honorable discharge from the military.

Lt. Col. Maria Quon (KWAN) says a dishonorable discharge is not being considered, but Chiroux could get a general discharge or an other-than-honorable discharge.

Anti-war protesters plan a rally in support of Chiroux outside the hearing, which is not open to the public.

Chiroux is an Individual Ready Reservist informed last year he was being sent to Iraq. He refused, calling the occupation ``illegal and immoral.''

Chiroux did not return a phone call seeking comment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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