Bruhns volunteered for the Army infantry after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, hoping to go to Afghanistan.
Instead, he found himself in the lead of the Army’s invasion of Iraq. He left the Army as a sergeant in 2005, moved to Northern Virginia and began lobbying against the war.
His blunt-spoken military bearing seemed to enhance his credibility on the war issue. In April, he won a MoveOn.org contest with an anti-war video ...