Americans have become accustomed to terrorist organizations using the holidays to issue threats, but these threats typically come from al-Qaeda, or any of the many assorted oddball extremists and causes. Such organizations rely on the significance and symbolism of such commemorations to push their own backward, ill-informed, jaded agendas.

The press has taken a page from the terrorist playbook by choosing Memorial Day as an opportune, symbolic moment to attack Chris Kyle, the honored dead, and to run an offensive against the military and veterans as a whole. The Intercept chose to dissect Chris Kyle’s reputation last week, joining in the emerging trend of propagating creative (read: deceptive) editorial that has opened up a new rhetorical dimension in communication from the agenda-based press.

The argument made by the Intercept challenges Chris Kyle’s DD-214, and rests on speculation provided by anonymous sources, contextualizing the comments, and reading into the unwillingness of Kyle’s former commanders and teammates to comment on Kyle and his military record. If the Intercept had bothered to look at the military separation process for the generation of a DD-214, it would note that nothing can be listed on the DD-214 without official and verified records and documentation to support their inclusion. This process is often painstaking for many military service members, as they scramble to collect their records for separation from service.

This is a necessity due to the military’s absolutely disgraceful and poorly managed official personnel management system, unrealistic time management given by commanders to separating soldiers, and a steady practice of failing to provide service members with the appropriate documentation to support their achievements. Across the broad spectrum of the Department of Defense, there has been an ongoing inability to track and record the complete record of all service members. This problem only expands after a service member has separated from service.

If the Intercept wanted to attack the military, there is ample space for their offensive on the lines of the DoD’s multilayered command structure. Hopefully, what has now happened to Chris Kyle, and the exposure of ongoing DoD failures to properly record and house the records of all current and former service members, will be addressed. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, that’s your cue to start choking out the admin command across the services.

Regardless, the fact remains that no service member can simply pick and choose what is on his or her DD-214. To believe otherwise is naive, and if it were true, there would be no stolen valor among veterans as they could have enacted the press tactic of “creative editorialism,” and deceptively selected what their service record should read. Yet, that’s not how it goes, and I challenge the Intercept to walk beyond speculation and prove that one can simply insert whatever one so wished into their DD-214.

Nonetheless, the deceptive editorial published by the Intercept, which chose to attack Chris Kyle’s service record, took off in a media firestorm, and with very little opposition to their accusations.

Counter to the claims of the Intercept, SOFREP has also obtained Chris Kyle’s Certificate of Release of Discharge, or DD-214. Section 18 states,