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Millions of Americans spent November 11th paying respect to the brave men and women who put their own lives second and put on a uniform.

They offered free meals, special deals, and their heartfelt thanks. But one person — one who wore the uniform as well — delivered a surprising take:

It wasn't long before people responded, suggesting that Manning sit out Veterans Day considering her own personal history:

And more than a few pointed out the fact that, because of the circumstances of Manning's departure from the U.S. Army, she doesn't even qualify to bear the name “veteran”:

And according to Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, they have a point: “Except for persons who die during military service, status as a Veteran requires that he or she was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.”

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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