Letter from Army Major who received his “pink slip”

As you know, I served 22 years in the U.S. Army and went through countless boards and selections for commissioning, promotion, schooling, and command. I also have very good understanding of and quite personal experience with the military legal system.

Therefore, it is with great angst that I read a particular letter from a young Army Major who has just received his “pink slip” from the Army. Major Charles V. Slider has had a stellar career, selected for promotion from Second Lieutenant to Major, and held positions of high responsibility. He is being separated from the Army because of one incident for which he received a General Officer Memorandum of Record (GOMAR) in 2006. He got a DUI (Driving Under the Influence).

Now, if Major Slider’s act was so egregious, he should have been separated at the time of the incident. Instead, now, when the Obama administration believes we need fewer soldiers and more people on food stamps, this decorated rmy officer is being sent home. If Major Slider was a “dud” he would not have been selected to attend the ILE (Intermediate Level Education, in my day known as Command and General Staff College), which my nephew is currently attending, and SAMS (School for Advanced Military Studies) — we call those Majors, “Jedi Warriors.”

Major Slider submitted a letter that was posted by Thomas E. Ricks at Foreignpolicy.com and gave his permission for it to be published. Read this and get an understanding of the ungratefulness this administration has for our warriors.

Yes, a separation board went into his restricted file and chose this officer for termination — not just him, but also his family. And remember, we can’t fire a damn soul at the IRS or the Veterans Administration!

My name is Major Charles V. Slider III and I am currently stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. I am an African-American armor officer, proud father, and husband and graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. I was selected for the recently convened Officer Separation Boards for the Department of the Army for a mistake over eight years ago. The mistake was a DUI in which I received a General Officer Memorandum for Record in 2006. Since this incident, I strived for excellence in every job that I performed.

I trained soldiers for deployments to Iraq as part of the surge into theater from 2006-2008. From 2008-2011, I attended and completed Ranger School, Air Assault School and earned the Expert Infantryman Badge. I commanded troops in combat in Afghanistan where I earned the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Purple Heart for actions against a determined enemy in RC East. After the deployment, I was selected as the executive officer for the deputy commander for the Combined Arms Center of Training at Fort Leavenworth serving in the capacity as the daily assistant for a general officer. The following year I was selected among a field of majors to attend the Commanding General and Staff Officer College at Fort Leavenworth, as well as the school of advanced military studies. Both prestigious institutes serve as the educational nexus for field-grade officers. Upon graduating from SAMS in May 2014, I was notified that I would not receive an assignment due to being assessed as high risk the GOMAR in my restricted file.

On August 1, I was notified of my removal from active duty service. Although I accept this fate, this is not justifiable due to the sacrifices that both my family and I have endured. 

As a resident ILE/SAMS graduate, my interpretation of this entire process is that it involved no critical thinking about the types of officers maintained in the current military structure. In certain cases, specific skills, attributes, and character traits are required in order to provide a balance of the warrior scholar. To this end the board process chose individuals for elimination that met all of the requirements, but possessed one black mark.

Instead of using judgment and common sense in determining the number of officers required for service, an arbitrary number was provided. This created a system in which officers were selected based on a mistake rather than their overall contribution to the Army. One lapse in judgment does not constitute a pattern of misconduct, nor a judgment of overall character. These types of decisions knee-jerk reactions within the Army have the potential to erode trust within the lower ranks.

As an officer, I believe that we should be judged on our body of work, not one isolated incident. Furthermore, this act to remove me from service serves as a blunt example of how stoic and regimented the board process is as a system. As a Purple Heart recipient and proud member of the service, my family and I have given the Army our never-ending faith and commitment. However, the Army has seen it fit to remove my services as an officer from its ranks. Although the details of the board instructions will remain hidden, this also serves as ironclad proof that these awards are merely a method to provide credibility to a force that has integrity issues and morally barren for true sacrifices.

This letter is an attempt to highlight the issues residing within an unfair system and to provide context to others within the system. As a combat veteran of two theaters, Iraq and Afghanistan, I do not expect to be treated differently or to receive any sort of pat on the back. However, my actions after 2006 prove my family’s enduring faith to an ever-evolving conflict and requirements to serve. I have served this great nation with distinction and honor and deserve a valid explanation of why its leaders choose to remove my services from the American people. I accomplished every mission presented to and went above and beyond what is expected of an Army officer. I hope that this letter finds you in good faith.

Very respectfully,
MAJ Charles V. Slider

Leave a Reply

580 Comments on "Letter from Army Major who received his “pink slip”"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
kenny
Guest

Absolutely ridiculous! Our nation needs more leaders like this, not less! Thank you for your service Major! I’m so sorry they’re giving you the bums rush!

Justin Ahlquist
Guest

I recommend starting a whitehouse petition

Glen Saunders
Guest

The Obama administration needs to be dissolved and disposed of like toxic waste. They are opening this country to attack by a foreign power against which we will not have the ability to defend ourselves. They are wrong.

MBruceQuarles
Guest

The attack we U.S. citizens should be concerned with is the attack occurring from within our government.
Obama is a enemy combatant and should be tried then executed as such!
Most of the people on our payroll in DC elected or high ranking bureaucrats should be tried for treason then executed!

Terece Erickson
Guest

why are any illegals allowed(dreamers) allowed in our armed forces. The minute they crossed our border illegally they were also criminals~!

nhale
Guest

I am surprised he got 8 years after a DUI. When I was in (quite some time ago), if you got a DUI you would be processed out in 90 days.

AFatalPapercut
Guest

My unit in Germany had a sign near the HHT building that read, “Days since our last DUI: ???”

If we got 100 days DUI free we got a 4 day…the number never got above 30 while I was there. Not one soldier was separated as a result either.

jc911
Guest

Absolutely. Air Force DUI, start packing.

Kerry Lundy
Guest
That’s not necessarily true. I got one and was not sent packing and I am retired Air Force. I saw others that were not sent packing it was one mistake not an ongoing series of problems. This attitude has done more harm to the US Military over the years than any other one issue you don’t eliminate anyone for for one infraction. Was he on duty when the infraction occurred? Was he involved in an accident? Was there property damage as a result of his DUI? What was his performance before and after this incident? This Vietnam vet would rather… Read more »
jc911
Guest

Just saying that is the way it was when I was in SAC and PACAF. Then again it was all up to the commanders discretion.

Ragman69
Guest

Make way for illegals to join OUR army and then turn on us.

Alana Marie Woolard
Guest

People, get it thru your heads please! Obama is not a Democrat, he is a Socialist with real far left agenda! He is really a pacifest along with the minions he has working for him! He does not care about the Military, he wants to witthdraw the USA from all world conflicts! Look at how he is responding to the middle east conflicts! You people that voted for him should be ashamed of yourselves!

hrdcore
Guest

Sorry but he ran as a democrat and it is they by and large (with many minorities and women help by the way) was elected twice. He is the head of the democratic party and from what I see from the members of that party in Washington DC. They agree with him (with some wavering around election time of course) by their votes and blockage of legislation passed by the house.

Alana Marie Woolard
Guest
I disagree with you as to what he really represents! He ran as a Democrat all right, however, I do not believe the majority of Dems knew he had such a social agenda! He is more of a Socialist than a real Blue Collar Democrat! i have alot of Dem friends who totally are disgusted with him! I know how politics work, the Dem party now have to stand behind him whether they like it or not because they are the ones that put him there! Of course, most minorities would vote for him just because he’s black, by their… Read more »
hrdcore
Guest

the first time i would agree with you but the second he had a record of being a progressive democrat and they still voted for him. And from what i see they would vote for Hillary in droves even if she is cut from the same socialist mold. And the MSM will help all they can

Alana Marie Woolard
Guest
The second time alot of Dems voted for him was because Obamacare was the big deal and they believed him as did most people, but when they found out after the election that he out and out lied about their healthcare, that was nail in the coffin! Now, they are finding out their rates have gone up, copays up,and they can’t keep their insurance that they had! That is a bigger issue with alot of Dems according to my sources! They are flat out tired of the lies, Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi! Depending on where you live depends on… Read more »
AFatalPapercut
Guest

He’ll do it, and chalk it up under “Executive Privilege.”

In Oregon
Guest

Again, I do not understand how the army can do this. The men who are receiving pink slips have signed contracts with the army. If they try to get out of that contract, they are treated as criminals, yet the army (government) can break those contracts when and how ever they want. I just don’t understand.

NukeWaste
Guest

Officers do not have fixed contracts. Only enlisted do.

Claude Jones
Guest

This is sad, but nothing new. The military goes through RiFs fairly often usually when Congress decides they can get more votes by increasing welfare roles than by protecting the nation. In every RiF in my memory (28 years service) people with black marks in their record were given the heave-ho.

NukeWaste
Guest

That only happens if somebody above you wants you gone.

Claude Jones
Guest

I guess you don’t understand how a RiF (Rediction in Force) works. It’s done by reviewing individual records. There is nothing personal about it, though someone in the rater chain could give an individual bad marks and increase the chances that person might be eliminated. Government decides that X number of service members must go, records are reviewed and those on the bottom are mustered out.

Steve Broshar
Guest

I wonder if he and or how many family members voted for the POTUS that has now fired him

billkoch
Guest

Unfortunately, when all, in this case, Majors have pretty much equal ratings, boards look for any little thing to select someone for separation. It is a sad situation, but usually true. I wonder how many other Majors have similar stories where one bad item has effected their separation.

Roger Farina
Guest

Understanding we will never see the results of the board but I have to ask this question. What if the guy right in front of you had similar credentials BUT never had a DUI?

While I feel for this major there has to be some time of quantifier. As one person already said, it is amazing he made it 8 years after the DUI.

flg
Guest

look at a lot of men higher up their sins are just covered up

Stoned_Conservative
Guest

Sir,

I saw highly decorated Company Commanders who had served, in Vietnam, with distinction, be sent on their merry way, while NCMFs were retained. (No Combat M….F…ks. The Army is against Combat Officers in some ways. Chesty Puller would have been kicked out of the Army. Patton would never made it above Major today. I wonder how many Ring Knockers were let go? Odd ball thinking is not allowed. The best to you. Allen West 2016.

Kathy Mccoy Michalski
Guest
Kathy Mccoy Michalski

MAJ.Slider, Be proud of what you have done for this Country and what you have accomplished. I’m sure there are a lot more high ranking officers who have done a lot worse and are still serving. Walk with your head held high. God Bless you and Thank you!

Karl
Guest
I’ll gladly trade my stripes for his pink slip. He would make a little less on his paycheck but would be able to continue to build up his treasure in good service. I’ll take the pink slip and rebuild. Sometimes God opens doors. Others I may have to kick down and God provides a way. This is a Field Grade officer who has no doubt been placed in so many unusual circumstances as have his own name affixed under block two of the DA Form 2627, reference AR 27-10, has beyond any doubt whatsoever exercised mercy and in the new… Read more »
MBruceQuarles
Guest

Thank You for your service to preserve and protect our Constitution!
The people we presently allow to work for us at the pentagon are mainly just bureaucrats and pc enforcers that have no love for our country over another. I believe a large percentage of them like most of the people in positions of authority in our federal government are traitors determined to bring our country down.

Pat Stauffer
Guest

Thank you MBruceQuarles – you are exactly right! How do we get these traitors out of leadership? This seems the end of our country we’ve always been so proud and sure of.- and every other freedom loving person, many who died trying to get here.

NukeWaste
Guest

He needs to get out! All real soldiers need to be released. We will need them here for our defense soon enough. bozo’s kids think that we will be pushover.

PJRodman
Guest

We’re letting the guys we’ve invested all the time and training into, who’ve done very well in an almost spotless career go. But, we’re rewarding illegal “dreamers” with questionable loyalty to the United States by letting them into the military. I don’t really understand this policy.

Ardee J Mucha
Guest
I do! Obama does not want highly trained military personnel in our armed forces. He wants us to be vunerable to the terrorist who WILL STRIKE THE USA, if we don’t clean out the WHITE HOUSE AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ALL OF THE OLD CRONIES AND COMMUNISTS! THIS has been his plan from the beginning !!!! HE IS THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. YOU MIGHT WANT TO WATCH THE MOVIE AGAIN. THIS TERRORIST WHO CALLS HIMSELF THE PRESIDENT (not my President) has shown his loyalty (not to the USA) but to his love of the Muslim BROTHERHOOD !
butterflylady38
Guest

not my president either/ disgrace to America

thequeendiva
Guest

Honor. Duty. Country. You did the first two and the third failed you!

CelticGyrl
Guest

This makes no sense unless you consider Obama is advertising and pushing for illegals to join the military as a path to citizenship! Makes all kinds of sense in Obama’s world.

flg
Guest

and then he has his army to do what he wants

tomstur
Guest

A shadow militant contingency has already been established, most government agencies are carrying and have billions of rounds in their inventory. Obama is dismantling our military so they can not remove his sorry tyrannical behavior.

elkwomen
Guest

Thank you, Major Slider, for your service to our country. I thank you for all that you have done to protect our great nation. It is sad that our greatness is diminishing and we are loosiing good men and women like you.

wbd
Guest

Obama is stripping the military of patriots and replacing them with lemmings who will obey their master the devil without question.

Eden Mitchell Green
Guest
I wish I could like your post 1000 times!! This IS the heart of the matter. For years now, obummer has been weeding out true patriots from the military so he can put guns in the hands of illegal aliens to join his already growing army of DHS brown shirts. He wants an army that he knows will be willing to turn against the American people because he knew a patriot army never would. Mark my words: before he leaves office, he will institute martial law. In two years we will all see it come to a head. He’s never… Read more »
TOMTREP
Guest

THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN THE PURGE OF THE MILITARY THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN DOING FOR A FEW YEARS NOW. TH WANT ONLY YES MEN IN CHARGE

Chad Woodburn
Guest

In the leading of your post, you have “we can’t fire a damn soul at IRA or VA,” but I think you mean “IRS.”

Laura Thompson
Guest

He didn’t tow the Obama party line I am reckoning.

Lee Sulouff
Guest
I don’t feel bad for him one bit. Not at all. He is an officer, a leader, and got a DUI! I am retired from the Army, and still work for DOD, all to often have I watched these “good” officers get DUIs, or other black marks and allowed to Soldier on. If he were an enlisted Soldier he would have been demoted, then kicked out. But instead, he is allowed continue on, lead troops, and probably recommend punishment, most likely more harsh than his, to subordinate Soldiers. I don’t care how good he has been since the DUI, he… Read more »
Rudder
Guest

Not sure if you meant your comment to be an insult, but if he can get a job in management for Costco that would be a good fit for him and for Costco. Good, experienced leaders are very hard to find, Costco would be grateful to have someone with his leadership skills, training and experience.

Mike m
Guest

Ok you had a DUI not a good thing but that was dealt with. POTUS Has out right lied to the American public but we can’t fire him.

TarheelNative
Guest

Obama has “fired” app. 200 captains and app. 200 majors in “downsizing” our military. These in addition to all the serving Admirals and Generals . Remove leadership, replace troops with illegals and other foreigners who have no allegiance to the US or our Constitution.

mcrognale
Guest

It was actually 1100 Captains. He’s decimating the lower ranking officer corps from which the higher ranks are selected. What do you want to bet that this man was one who’s loyalty to the “regime” was suspect?

Steve Trubilla
Guest

I understand the selection process is very competitive. The man has a purple heart, bronze star, and the incident was years ago. Many of our military officers are among the very best our country has to offer. I am confident the talents, morality, education and skills that caused him to be successful in the military will propel him forward. Major, Sir, thank you for your service. SgtMaj USMC (ret.)

Brian Loehmann
Guest

The only thing I have to say is, You are not an African=American……you are just “an American” period.

Rudder
Guest

Agree. Not sure why he felt the need to point out his ethnicity, unless he thinks it was a factor to the board.

izzycafe
Guest

This is an outrage, an administration with all of its scandals, all of their misconduct, seeks to remove this man from service?
Wisdom and discernment are not present in this administration he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism instead he picks people of questionable character. Of course I agree with others he wants to create a lack of trust.. divide and conquer, his lack of judgement is purposeful..

dubyads
Guest

The CiC admits to regularly smoking crack, and he still has a job….

michaelament
Guest

Think of this, if a DUI is a valid reason to fire government workers we fire most our representatives an hire new ones, Then maybe BS like this wouldn’t happen.

Smoltzfan
Guest

If obama had to drive, he would probably be fired

T.s. Smith
Guest

This is outrageous! Take this from me, who worked for MADD as our state victim advocate, now I’m a volunteer for them, but I guarantee you we would stand up for him, obviously he learned his lesson, and I’m so sorry he, and his family are going through this! Time for a few calls on his behalf! Thank you for bringing this story to light. God bless you!

Rudder
Guest
Although his transgression was a DUI, the fact is he has a letter from a General Officer in his file. It could have been for Conduct Unbecoming, for Malfeasance, for Dereliction of Duty, any of these could have popped up in such a situation and ended his career. His offense just happens to be a DUI. I’m sure just about every officer that was screened and had a GOMAR in their file was shown the door. When everyone looks shiny and stellar, you sometimes have no choice but to pick the one that is a BIT less shiny.
MBruceQuarles
Guest

Good call!
White House 202-456-1111
Dept. of Defense 703-571-3343
Congress switchboard 202-225-3121

pegiety
Guest

The president will have DUNG on his face soon because he’ll just have to call them all back with all the conflicts going on and with the next being here I’m afraid.

Kay Munson
Guest

Just curious…..how many jobs are being lost due to military downsizing? How many more will be lost due to EPA regulations?
How many jobs have been lost or employee hours cut because of ACA?
Obama has no respect for the Military or civilian worker. He fights for illegal immigrants and Muslims though.
How sad that this man was given his position by voters not looking into his socialist background. How sad that he is being allowed to create such division within this country.
Vote in November to change this.

msr2day
Guest

When it comes to downsizing the military, any reason is reason enough. Having endured the same process in 1994 during different but related Democrat Admin (the Clinton Administration), it does not make me wonder at all.

e19431946t
Guest
We are only hearing your side of the story and i realize that some times is necessay to keep information confdntal It’s hard for me to bvack you hearing only side of the story That fact that you had a DUI and most likely have a rather high security clearance would be of concurn to me. To use navy terminology lose lips sink ships When in a drunken state I who knows what secret of classified information you accidently blertout .I HAT revile As a former military veteran my advice to you is see your congressman it may help. I… Read more »
RichardandJan Bawol
Guest

The incident happened 8 yrs ago. I don’t think we have to worry about him giving away top secret info!! I fought in Vietnam and saw plenty of guys get drunk but sure didn’t worry about them giving away classified info!!

Wilecoyote
Guest

This is one of the insane thing because there was a proposal from a dem to let illegals into the military in return for citizenship yet we have capable citizens, serving loyally, endured multiple deployments and at the end of the day, get kicked out so he could be replaced with illegals….

ML Wilson
Guest

Exactly. the current regime is weeding out honorable people from our military – from the top commanders down, whom they believe will not turn on the citizens of our country. They will replace them with illegals with a promise – you have loyal military personnel.

Gail Miller
Guest
And the fact that La Raza ( or wtf ever ) is talking about taking parts of America and killing Americans.. Yeah, letting illegals in OUR ARMY/MILITARY is NOT a good idea.. God, how many people are out to get us? I mean WTF?!?! We send those bastards billions of dollars a yr and they want to kill us.. I say cut the damn funding, you hate us? You want to kill us? Then I say f/u , you don’t get a damn dime and take your asses back to whatever nasty country you came from.. Sick of these ungrateful… Read more »
FaithandJustice
Guest

To let illegals into the military will require actions on behalf of the government to make the “illegals” legal before they enter the military, thus, preventing “illegals” from serving in the military. So what’s really your point when making your perfunctory comment?

trace gundy
Guest

you are full of it f&j. Even as far back as Viet Nam we had aliens in the military. Their names were posted on the bulletin board in the day room and the company office.

FaithandJustice
Guest

Aliens, yes. Illegals, no. And they where in our ranks even as far back as WWI. By the way, “illegals” is not a word. Be blessed!

Carl Peal
Guest

There is talk that allowing illegals into the military can be a path to citizenship. Please research that. Her comment is correct.

Dday
Guest
The guy made a mistake and mistakes have consequences. He is far more fortunate than some. My cousin by marriage was killed by man driving under the influence. The consequences suffered by this “mistake” was 7 years in prison (not enough if you as me), and the loss of a bright young man with his life ahead of him, and the suffering brought every day to our family. Much like the man that killed my cousin, I am sure this was not the Major’s first offense. He is fortunate to have been allowed to continue to serve, now he need… Read more »
CSHJ
Guest

I’ll bet they didn’t wait 8 years to put that pos in prison either. There are laws of limitations. Only murder is forever. Yes he did identify himself as African American and in any other circumstance I think I would have cringed but he’s saying that it didn’t make any difference. I bet you’ve never made a mistake but I do understand your anger at someone with a DUI.

adobong_paksiw
Guest

A mistake made 8 years ago ? Come on, can’t they do better than that ?

Carl Peal
Guest

Yeah they can, declaring Jim Brady’s death a homicide how many years after he was shot with Reagan? Come on!

RichardandJan Bawol
Guest
I feel for the loss of your cousin but come on, you don’t punish someone 8 yrs after the incident. This man is an experienced Officer and has done nothing wrong since the incident but now suddenly he gets a pink slip. Well, I’m sorry but that pink slip won’t bring back your cousin and fortunately for him, no one got hurt during his DUI. I have 2 1st cousins on that black Marble slab for Vietnam kia but Carter let all those who ran away to Canada have amnesty and come back home. Excuse me but my cousins weren’t… Read more »
Rudder
Guest
I spent some time as a soldier. He isn’t being “punished” eight years after his DUI; he’s suffering the consequences of having a letter from a General Officer in his file. In today’s military the competition is SO tough, the slightest thing can end a promising career. I know an officer that was passed over because she was recommended for promotion “with peers” instead of “ahead of peers”. Silly, right? Hopefully since he’s a Major he’s Regular Army. He should get a tidy severance, or be allowed to go into the Reserves or National Guard so he can finish his… Read more »
Skip Tindle
Guest

Well getting a DUI and killing some one are worlds apart. Everyone messes up now and then except for you I guess, but when you do I hope no one gives you a 2nd thought and they just flush you down the crapper. And the world won’t end with out your closed minded support.

Virginia Llorca
Guest

Does it say if it is dishonorable discharge? If he didn’t reach twenty years he won’t get retirement benefits which is a terrible loss. We could not have survived without them.

irishmona
Guest

If I read the article correctly, it said that he had served for 22 years.

Virginia Llorca
Guest

That was in Allen’s introduction. Allen served 22 years.

pam
Guest

Why did he have to mention that he was African American?

FaithandJustice
Guest

To rat out people like you, I guess?

YouKnowWhat…..
Guest

lol

Bill Herbster
Guest

was it DUI or DWB…the POTUS is killing us softly every day…he needs a pink slip

Cann Van
Guest

Thank You so very much for your service to our country and our people. As one other person said, one door closes and another opens. With all your skills and heart, you will lead, we need folks like you when the SHTF. Hold your head up. You know you did a good job. Living well is the best revenge! A Loyal American.

Loneagle
Guest

First and foremost…Thank YOU for your service. Now: Tell us all… Whose ass did you not kiss?

Todd Goodwin
Guest
Sir, with all do respect. I agree the army is letting go an officer that should be retained based on his merrit and obvious warrior ethos he shows he has. I have to point out that this practice has of getting rid of the wrong personnel during peace time military has gone on long before I was in my beloved Corps in the late 80’s and even before my father was a young Air Force A1C in 1960 and after WW II and do forth. Why is it I hear no mention of the amount of enlisted troops who are… Read more »
Aimee Suebobjoe H
Guest
Maj. Slider, Sir, your career has been admirable up until the DUI. My Hubby has had a career in the Military and just received notice that he is being let go. He followed the ARMY’s standards & guidelines. My Husband did not have a lapse in judgement. He did not get a substandard rating. He went above & beyond, and don’t get me started on time away from home, Fighting the War. I truly will pray for you. It is easy to feel anger towards the place where you have devoted years to. We have children & a mortgage, and… Read more »
Carl Peal
Guest

Aimee, Please thank your husband for me for his service. I wish you all the best. God has a way of rewarding those who are persecuted and misused.

elephant4life
Guest

He was most likely guilty of the crime of being AWC: that stands for “Army While Christian” and/or “Army While Conservative”.

Carl Peal
Guest

More likely Constitution first, Obama second.

Allen
Guest
The Bronze Star is for battlefield gallantry. The purple heart is for soldiers wounded in battle. This man has been shot at protecting our country. A DUI 8 years ago is no reason to kick him out of the Army. The guy in the White House is dismantling our military. It will take a long time to build it back up. Remember the post Viet Nam military? President Carter destroyed the military so bad that we couldn’t reach the objective when we tried to send special forces to Iran to free the Hostages. It took about 8 years and billions… Read more »
Gail Miller
Guest
My mother served 20 yrs in the Army and was there for Desert Storm, I remember being so damn scared she would be killed over there.. And now that she is retired the things the military promised her when she signed her contract are being taken away.. Thanks to that POS POTUS, he is decimating our Military so its easier for his Muslim brothers to take over.. But just because he is taking them out of the military does not mean they cant and wont defend their country.. If he thinks that he is wrong. Once Military always Military.. Obama… Read more »
Stephen Zeigler
Guest

Thank your Mother for her service, very much appreciated. Thank you for your sacrifice Gail.

Gail Miller
Guest

She said you are very welcome and she wishes she could help now. I wish we could and would all do more to help ourselves. It is a sad state we have let ourselves get into.

Bertha Gruntz
Guest

You mean the POtuS. I like it.

Sam Snoff
Guest

Who cares – only an idiot would join to begin with

Kay Johnson
Guest

Look in the mirror… there’s the idiot

trace gundy
Guest

Hey snuff ,I think maybe you are another Clinton or Kerry coward. I think you are the idiot.

Timothy Hardy
Guest

I guess you couldn’t qualify….

Sam Snoff
Guest

Anyone walking upright and breathing qualifies

Carl Peal
Guest

You have the right to your opinion, which the military fights to protect. Perhaps you lack the courage or intelligence to serve yourself? It seems to me that since you denigrate service to our nation that you might be happier elsewhere. Please take advantage of our open southern border and leave, as quickly as possible. Need help packing? I am sure there are plenty of us willing to give you a hand.

Sam Snoff
Guest
So, you have no idea what it is like to put yourself under a morons command 24/7 – I will not even get into getting killed or maimed while the ones who sent you to fight live high on the hog – by the way I have friends who have streets named after them from the Nam era – I got drafted and would be on the first jet to Canada if I had it to do over again – I will not get into the fact there is nothing worth fighting for – the country is corrupt to the… Read more »
Carl Peal
Guest
Mister I feel sorry for you. I thank you for your service, even if it was not by your choice. I chose to enlist. I also disagree with you that it isn’t worthwhile. I am a Vietnam era vet as well. I considered it an honor to serve. Regarding those you refer to as living high on the hog, I am assuming you mean Congress or the Executive branch? While there may be some truth in what you say I would remind you that there have been many among the group you are castigating that HAVE served and are well… Read more »
Sam Snoff
Guest
Actually I am quite shocked at how many have military backgrounds (as of 9-2013) Twenty senators (20%) and 89 representatives (20.5%) are veterans, according to the authoritative Vital Statistics on Congress, published by The Brookings Institution. Among the Senate’s notable veterans: Republicans John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), both strong supporters of taking action against Syria; Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin and Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, both of whom have expressed skepticism or outright opposition; and Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey, who voted “present” on the Syria resolution Wednesday. This number will decline radically – Buy the way if you want… Read more »
wtf
Guest

You are the idiot, these people ensure we are the land of the free wake up!

CSHJ
Guest

WERE the land of the free.

wtf
Guest

We are free ONLY because of our military both past and present. You are talking to the wrong Patriot here, my ancestors fought to ensure that we are free as did Major Slider.

In_the_OC
Guest

You know nothing of which you speak. Absolutely N O T H I N G.

llhindman
Guest
Obama has done more to destroy this Country than any other person in its history. He should be put before a firing squad! Yet, we remove such dedicated service people as this fine soldier! We are going to wish he was back in service, and others just like him, when we are in a major war soon defending our Country right here on our soil! The likelihood is that our military has been so downgraded by this administration that we may lose the war and have no country left. Before that happens, I pray that someone strong stands up and… Read more »
Stephen Zeigler
Guest

God may be the one selecting the next Army and as such moving them out of harms way until he’s ready. A lot of God fearing, American loving military men and women have been removed from service. This could well be Gods realignment for the up coming revolt.

llhindman
Guest
I pray you are right. God does hold the world in His hands. There is a plan, and what is amazing is that Bible prophecy was perfectly accurate regarding past events. So, we know that Bible prophecy of future events will be just as accurate. That means that we are close to major end time events that will end with Christ’s return! All of the terrible things going on in this world will be over some day, including some of the disgusting things happening in the US. In the meantime, we all need to defend our Christian Nation.