Veteran suspended for using 'God bless America' as email signature, threatening legal action

STOCKTON, Calif. - A retired military veteran is seeking legal action after he was suspended from his job for using "God Bless America" as his email signature.

Boots Hawk served as an Army soldier for 20 years, before he retired and took a job at Dameron Hospital in Stockton, Calif.

Hawks, who has worked at the hospital for 10 years, was asked to remove the phase from his emails by his supervisor.

According to Hawk, he followed the supervisor's direction, but also let them know that he would be consulting with an attorney about his right to keep the phrase.

The next day, Hawk noticed the combination on his locker had been changed and his computer password was suspended.

Hawk was placed on leave for "insubordination" just days before Veterans Day.

"I think Dameron provides fantastic care to people and I hate to see bad publicity and I don't mean this to be publicity. I just see that we need to have justice done," said Hawk.

The Pacific Justice Institution has taken Hawk's case and wrote a letter to the hospital demanding an apology

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