The reason for the discharge status wasn't required. Discharge status is public record.<quoted text>
"The New Jersey waitress whose story has been questioned after she claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip on a restaurant bill was dishonorably discharged from the Marines last spring after she stopped showing up, NBC 4 New York has learned."
The military is not allowed to release the actual nature of the discharge. A spokesman for the military noted she was discharged after not showing up, but could not disclose further because of a Privacy Act.
It is extreme to get a dishonorable discharge and she would have had to do something considerably worse than being AWOL. The information from an "anonymous source" at the Pentagon could have misconstrued another of the less than honorable discharges. Maybe some of you guys, who put so much effort into defending her and making her the latest gay cause celebre should ask her to produce her DD214.
Competent editors would have quashed the story after that bit of fact-checking. I would have.