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I found “Serving his country and testing his faith” (article, March 25), on Spc. Zachari Klawonn, very disturbing. It highlighted that some within the Army will continue to infringe upon others as long as it does not affect them.

The way in which Klawonn’s situation was handled overall is disgusting. There are two sides to every story. I would love to read the other side. The comments and treatment he endured, in my opinion, were unprofessional.

The check-the-block training called “consideration of others” is at the forefront of this matter. No one is being considerate of his beliefs. The passive investigation of the discriminatory note left on his door and the destroying of a religious symbol like the Quran brought no real action. Not until an outside agency contacted the secretary of defense did anyone take notice of his situation and attempt to actively engage him.

To further inflame the situation, some local commanders put Klawonn in the same category as the shooter at Fort Hood, Texas, and told him to tread lightly. These are two separate situations. One is seeking help, the other acted!

Allowing this soldier to move off post is another decision I truly hope does not backfire. What commander authorized this? Who is going to protect him now, or is it one of those situations where we turn the other cheek and hope no one notices?

Sgt. 1st Class Roderick D. DaileyCamp Buehring, Kuwait

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