I am not sure how "The illegal patriot" (article, May 2) made it into Stars and Stripes, publishing it as if it’s a glorious thing she did.

I don’t see anything about her getting arrested and going to jail. I know soldiers who have been on multiple deployments, went absent without leave for a few months, were sent to jail and got a regular discharge. This female knowingly joined the Army through fraud, which is a criminal act, and at a time the country was in a state of emergency. Her reasons are an insult to our country, other Mexicans who do what is right, the Army and the rules and regulations put in place to ensure security.

Her act was no mistake. No one who is not legal would willingly join unless there is a plan behind it. Most people don’t know the importance of rules and regulations until they are affected. If someone can infiltrate the Army and its security measures, that person could be a spy.

I have become so frustrated with the politically correct ways to address these things and how soft the military has become on enemies and people who knowingly disregard the rules for personal gain and who put our country in harm’s way.

She should not be taken into consideration for citizenship, and [the Army should change] the honorable discharge to a regular discharge with no GI benefits.

Right now there are demonstrations about the new immigration law in Arizona, but when someone gets hurt or killed by an illegal immigrant, there is no information or identity to [aid in prosecution].

Spc. Carlton StewartContingency Operating StationHammer, Iraq

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