(KCTV-TV, TOPEKA) — A Kansas board that denied a licensed doctor of osteopathic medicine a license was primarily concerned about the man’s political views.

The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts is a 15-member panel appointed by the governor and decides the fate of doctors in Kansas.

Terrence Lee Lakin rose to the ranks of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He served on the front lines in Afghanistan and the war zone in Bosnia as well as a medical mission to Honduras. He saved lives around the world and received a Bronze Star for his service.

“I like helping people,” said Lakin. “And I’ve been, since college wanting to be in medical field and help others.”

But a dispute over whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States led to Lakin being forced from the military and apparently led to the Kansas board in October denying him a medical license to practice in the Sunflower State.

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