The Army said yesterday that Chelsea Manning will remain on active duty following her release from military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on May 17. That date is fast approaching and happens to be Wednesday. Manning will be an unpaid soldier but she will be eligible for health care and other benefits.
Chelsea Manning will remain a private, Army spokesman Dave Foster told USA Today. “Private Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,” Foster said. Manning’s scheduled release from prison has upset many on the right of the political spectrum because she leaked military documents proving the United States Army commits war crimes. The fact that she will be eligible for health care and other benefits upon release is likely to cause an uproar as well, as many judge Manning for being transgender and making public the truth about the war crimes she did not commit.
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