A Wisconsin Army veteran says an employment recruiter slammed her service and wrote in an e-mail that he believed she joined the military for the paycheck “not my freedom,” The Stevens Point Journal reported.

Gabriella Barrett, 23, who was medically discharged from the Army in 2011, was reportedly in line for a customer service job at a Stevens Point, Wis., company. She was screened by Randstad, a recruiting company. But as she was putting the finishing touches on the hiring process she told the paper an employee at the firm, Sergio Ortiz, sent her an “infuriating” e-mail.

“I believe you choose to go into the Army for a paycheck not my freedom,” the e-mail reportedly said. “So you will not be getting a thank you from me. I would have freedom regardless of your voluntary service.”

Barrett claims the email came after an argument, which ended in Ortiz calling her military service meaningless.

“My first thought was for all the service members who went through way worse than I did,” Barrett said. “It’s infuriating.”

The paper and FoxNews.com contacted the company, and was told that Ortiz is no longer employed there.


Newsflash for Sergio:  You’re a crapweasel who doesn’t get the fact that our duties and responsibilities far outweigh the paycheck.
It takes a special sort of ingrate to disparage people who go into harms way to protect democracy. I’m a retired Army Sergeant First Class. I became a better person and citizen during my 30 years of service. I had the privilege of knowing some of the finest people ever to wear the uniform, and I will never forget them. Becoming a Soldier is something you could never achieve, let alone appreciate. It embodies the principles, values, and dedication of people far better than you. Last I checked we were attacked by radical muzzie zealots who would love to turn this country into a new Caliphate. Had I the power, I’d have leveled every Islamofascist nation state in the Middle East on 12 September 2001. They’re still killing people in the name of their allah, and this war ain’t over by a long shot. You’re the kind of pogue who mouths off and sits on his ass, while others do the heavy lifting. While most of America takes a pass, only a few raise the right hand.
The good thing is, Ortiz’ digital dumbassity will follow him around whenever prospective employers search the internet for character references.


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