Decorated Iraq vet spends day in jail over AWOL mix-up

Decorated Iraq vet spends day in jail over AWOL mix-up
GLADSTONE, Ore. (AP) - For a second time, a decorated Iraq war veteran has been mistakenly listed as a deserter, this time costing him a day in jail.
     
Joe Wolters of Gladstone was released from the Clackamas County Jail on Wednesday after his parents spent the day making frantic phone calls to Army officials. They eventually cleared up the paperwork mistake.
     
Wolters, who is 26, enlisted in 2002 and spent a year stationed in Iraq as a tank driver. He was shot in the leg while helping a buddy find cover during an attack.

He says he is, quote, "a little mad at the Army."
     
His three years of Army service ended when he was honorably discharged with about ten service medals.
     
His day in jail was the second time that he had been accused of being "absent without leave."
     
Officials in Colorado faxed paperwork to the Clackamas County Jail and Wolters was released about six hours after his arrest.
     
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