But they were wrong. Citing a contract she signed in 2007 when she enrolled in ROTC at age 18, the Air Force said she committed a fraud by not reporting a change in her medical condition, as indicated in the contract.
The Air Force ejected her, noting in its ruling, "It is not the responsibility of the staff to constantly remind you of the terms of your contract."
It further stated that her file contained eight forms in which she was briefed on the medical change reporting requirement. Edmonds said no one ever brought the issue up during her subsequent counseling sessions while she was enrolled at Marquette.
Edmonds said she asked the officer who informed her that she was being ejected from the Air Force, "Had I terminated the pregnancy before my commissioning, would I have been able to commission at that point?" And, according to Edmonds, "He said, 'Well. Technically, yes.' That was the hardest part of all of this. Someone telling me to my face that had I gotten an abortion, then I would be eligible for service."
In a statement to CNN, a spokesman for the Air Force said ithad no knowledge of that conversation.
"Any such counseling would have been inappropriate and I have seen no evidence of any such discussion,'' Maj. Joel Harper wrote. "However, Ms. Edmonds' case is under review by the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records."
Harper also said the Air Force would never tell non-married service members to give up their children, despite Goggins' letter to Ryan.
"The assertion that the Air Force would in any way encourage single parents to give up their children is unfounded," he wrote.
The Edmondses and their attorney feel otherwise.
"This offends me on a number of different levels," said Conway, the attorney. "Because we're telling young single woman that they cannot serve if they have a child. That they have to get married, give the baby up or have an abortion."
Edmonds said she realizes there will be those who say she shouldn't have gotten pregnant or have gone public with her story. She said that she may have made a mistake but that she now has a beautiful 10-month old son, Dominic, to show for it and he is no mistake. She is taking responsibility for her actions and raising her child.
She hopes that because she has told her story, the military will reconsider its policy on single parents being allowed to enlist.
As she waits for her situation to be resolved, Edmonds is working as a pediatric nurse, paying $100 a month -- with interest -- toward the $92,000 scholarship debt.