The Question About Pvt. Chelsea Elizabeth Manning Not Being Asked

After serving seven years of a 35-year sentence for violating the Espionage Act, Pvt. Chelsea Elizabeth Manning (ne: Bradley Edward Manning) was released from prison on May 17, 2017. His offense? Manning released three-quarters of a million classified, or unclassified but sensitive, military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks. Yes, he was a traitor.

We can thank our former president (Obama) for the travesty of commuting his sentence just about the time he left office. Many veterans were outraged for this unexplainable outrageous act.

One retired U.S. Army helicopter pilot (Lt. Col.) who served in Vietnam, appropriately commented:

Manning should have never been released, nor pardoned. The government should not have paid for it’s sex change. What does that say for the Constitution and military law? We have become a nation where laws have no meaning. This individual should have been shot as a traitor, not honored as Obama did. And now he stays in the army as a private, receiving all benefits.

Have we gone so far over the hill that we can never recover and will lose our nation? Very possible.

Now, that “Private” Manning is released, she will remain on active duty while her court-martial conviction is being appealed. And, while being on active duty, she will maintain medical benefits.

Army spokesman Dave Foster said,

Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,


The question that remains unasked as well as unanswered is this: Why was her conviction appealed? It was the legally binding result of a court-martial resulting with a sentence that she was serving.

There is a good guess for the answer to this question: it was a pie-in-the-sky drastic reach to get it over-turned because of the forthcoming loss of government healthcare benefits.

It is obvious that Manning believed he would retain this “gift” after Obama’s parson. Indeed, USA Today reported

Manning had written a column, saying Obama had failed to live up to his promises.

Gee, she’s now not a fan of the man who got her freed? Wow, what a change of heart.

Now that she’s out of prison, many of us veterans are hoping she gets her just results: out of the military and stuck with personally paying whatever healthcare she needs to keep her being her.

By the way, one more question: what kind of a job can one convicted of treason look forward to?

And one more answer: “who cares?”

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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