I’m sure all the readers of this blog figured this out long ago, but…
Wade Michael Page, the nut case who shot up the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee continues to be described as a “veteran.”
Two things to keep in mind:
1. He left the Army in 1998 – 14 years ago.
2. He was thrown out of the Army.
What I’ve read is that he received a “General Discharge (Under Honorable Conditions).” The following is from About.com. The highlighting is mine.
“General (Under Honorable Conditions). If a member’s service has been honest and faithful, it is appropriate to characterize that service under honorable conditions. Characterization of service as General (under honorable conditions) is warranted when significant negative aspects of the member’s conduct or performance of duty outweigh positive aspects of the member’s military conduct or performance of duty outweigh positive aspects of the record. A General (under honorable conditions) characterization of discharge may jeopardize a member’s ability to benefit from the Montgomery G.I. Bill if they, in fact, had contributed. Moreover, the member will not normally be allowed to reenlist or enter a different military service.”
Yahoo Answers explanation was even better:
“If you get a general discharge from the army under misconduct is that really bad to my future?
Best Answer – Chosen by Voters
Let’s look at it this way. An honorable discharge means, you served out your enlistment and were being released because you fulfilled the terms of your enlistment.
A general discharge means ” You’re fired.”
An honorable discharge speaks for itself., No further explanation required.
A general discharge requires an excuse to explain.”
Again, the highlighting is mine. So bottom line was, yes, he did wear the uniform, however, as the Brits would say, “He was bloody well cashiered.”
Sure wish the people responsible for the news were picked because they studied journalism.