Army vet put on leave over ‘God Bless America’ email signature

A 20-year Army veteran and 10-year hospital employee was placed on administrative leave for including the phrase, “God bless America” on his business emails, a practice he has engaged in since July of 2012.

When Stockton Calif. Dameron Hospital administrators asked Boots Hawks to remove the signature, he complied before sending another email, but added that he would seek legal counsel in the matter. He was placed on administrative leave the following day — the Friday before Veterans Day, according to local NBC affiliate KCRA.

“I was shocked,” Hawks told KCRA. “I think Dameron Hospital provides fantastic care to people. And I hate to see bad publicity, and I don’t mean for this to be bad publicity. I just see that we need to have justice done.”

The day after Veterans Day, the hospital asked Hawks to return to work. However, he has since hired legal counsel to attain the right to go back to adding the phrase to his emails.

The Pacific Justice Institute, which now represents Hawks, told KCRA that the hospital may be breaking the law.

“We are aware that other members of the hospital management circulate mass emails which include philosophical statements,” said Matt McReynolds, the attorney handling the case, in a letter to Dameron Hospital. “We know of no legal authority that would justify your censorship.”

Hawks appeared on Fox and Friends Saturday, along with his attorney, and he was asked why he began the practice.

“I believe in America,” Hawks said to co-host Clayton Morris. “I believe that America needs God’s good will and God’s blessings.”

He also acknowledged that he has never received a single complaint in the 16 months he has used this signature.

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14 thoughts on “Army vet put on leave over ‘God Bless America’ email signature

  1. DailyKenn says:

    Today is the anniversary of the death of Samuel Adam Smith who wrote MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE. How appropriate? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=554935951243047&set=a.392922134111097.81473.390284901041487&type=1

  2. Mary Moerles says:

    GOD BLESS AMERICA. We ALL need to say it and write it on everything we touch!

    1. Doug says:

      I have it on my underwear.

  3. Micheal Femino says:

    Again, this is not a good battle, especially whereas no one has even complained about it. I’m an atheist and would not be offended receiving an email with God Bless America on it. No wonder the country is going down the shitter, how small can you get by wasting time on such a non-issue.

    1. rhodes autry says:

      but you are not a whiny loser atheist… many are… there are also both kind of church folks as well

      1. Grant Ritchie says:

        I’m an atheist, and I WOULD be offended, but then apparently I’m a whiny loser, too. Mr. Hawks, save the supernatural nonsense for your personal emails.

  4. bill c says:

    For those who do not know Stockton, CA. is the foreclosure capital of North America. They should be begging God for help, not screwing with one of his believers.

  5. Doug says:

    He’s an employee. It’s a work-related matter.

    1. Gary Ross Calvert says:

      Doesn’t work that way if other employees are free to add “sanitized/PC” comments to their “business” emails.

      1. Doug says:

        We don’t know one way or the other. Pure conjecture.

        1. Gary Ross Calvert says:

          This is taken directly from the article.

          “We are aware that other members of the hospital management circulate mass emails which include philosophical statements,” said Matt McReynolds, the attorney handling the case, in a letter to Dameron Hospital. “We know of no legal authority that would justify your censorship.”

          Pelosi must love you. Don’t read it, just defend it.

  6. Isabella1709 says:

    Stockton CA is bankrupt! Morally Dameron Hospital is probably not far behind, along with the majority of that pathetic state. Freedom in their eyes is only for atheists, fanatical leftists and gays.

    1. Doug says:

      You seem to have intimate knowledge of California.

      1. Isabella1709 says:

        I grew up there, worked in the Silicon Valley, have relatives and friends there, and left when taxes and housing costs began forcing us out. I still hear it all, from the ultra liberal to the conservative. There seems to be no in between. It is a shame because it is a physically beautiful state. Stockton, however, has gone to the gangs and minorities rule.

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