Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Veterans Being Refused Service

Dear Readers,

We should all watch out just where we spend our money!

Recently a disabled U.S. Army veteran was told that he could not enter a Starbucks in Houston Texas because of his service dog.

Yancy Baer traveled to Houston from San Antonio on behalf of the national organization Canine Companions for Independence, which helped pair Baer with his service dog Verbena after Baer’s left leg was amputated from the knee down due to bone cancer.

Though not combat related, Yancy Baer's cancer was discovered after a non-combat injury Baer suffered while serving in Iraq in 2009.

Baer got his service day "Verbena" about 14 weeks ago, and traveled to San Antonio to share his story on behalf of the nonprofit Canine Companions.

He tried to go into a Starbucks on Memorial Drive when he was stopped by a store employee.

“A gentleman from Starbucks meets me at the door and says I can’t have her [Verbena] in the store,” Baer told KHOU.

Baer said he explained that his dog Verbena is his physical service dog.

Belive it or not, the Starbucks' employee actually had the nerve to say, "you're not blind!"

No kidding!

"He stated, ‘you’re not blind’,” recalled Baer. “It was in your face, loud and bold. I got really nervous. I was shaking because I was being confronted.”

According to Mr Baer, the employee continued to confront him in front of a store full of customers.

“I explained what all she does, and his next comment was, 'Why can’t you do that yourself,'” said Baer.

Baer said he was able to speak with another employee, who took the time to listen to him.

According to KHOU television, the first employee who stopped him at the door later apologized.

Baer told KHOU that he holds no hard feelings toward Starbucks, and hopes others learn that a person with a service dog doesn’t always have a disability that is immediately apparent.

In the report, it stated that in Mr Baer’s case, he was wearing long pants, so it was not clear he is an amputee.

But honestly, it's none of anyone's business why Baer or anyone else has a service dog.

The way I see it, veterans like Yancy Baer don't have to wear their disability on display for other to gawk at - or validate their use of a service dog or a cane or anything else.

A person's disability is as personal as it gets, and there should be some respect given to that point.

And since we're on that point, let's also remember that there are a lot of anti-Veteran businesses out there!

It has become apparent in recent years that many are too stupid to understand what common courtesy and respect truly are.

These anti-military businesses, like Starbucks, should attempt to educate some of the stupid self-serving asses they employee or find themselves in court or out of business in the future.

Personally, I'd think twice about spending my money at any organization who doesn't support Veterans or the disabled - service dogs or not!

I'm ashamed to say that it's not only Starbucks who is anti-Veteran!

Yes, besides Starbucks, there are many other businesses who refuse to serve veterans.

While one expects Veterans to be unwelcome in anti-military cities like San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Seattle, there are also smaller cities that have treated Veterans like crap for years.

One such city is Oceanside California.

A restaurant in Oceanside, California, just last May refused a group of Veterans service simply because of their patriotic vests.

It's true, a group of American Legion Riders were denied service because of what their members were wearing.

The American Legion Riders Chapter 328 went on a ride to Oceanside from Norco this weekend as a farewell ride for a member who is about to go on his third deployment to Afghanistan.

When they stopped for lunch at Davina's Cabo Grill, the riders said an employee told them they needed to remove their vests in order to eat.

Yes, believe it or not, some jerrkweed made the decision to tell these Veterans that they could not were their patriotic vests in that restaurant.

American Legion Riders 328 president Carlene Warren said the employee explained the restaurant’s policy.

“They explained to me that they did not allow 'colors.' They were referring to our vest and typically colors are used to refer to motorcycle gangs,” Warren said.

“We're all veterans. These are veteran patches. All the patches that are on there are military based. The pins are all military based,” Warren said adding the group of riders has no affiliation with any type of motorcycle club.

In a statement posted on Facebook the restaurant's general manager offered this explanation:

"Unfortunately due to the location and nature of our business, it has become policy to require that any and all organizations that wear representation on jackets and vests to remove them. Whether they are gangs, bikers, locals, out having fun, weekenders, military, etc….”

So in other words, for example, if I wore this jacket which proudly shows my love for Old Glory, the symbol of the Free World, the banner which has protected and defended the rights of man and championed freedom for well over 200 years ...

Mens Basic Motorcycle Jacket w/ USA Flag on the back, Zippered Sleeves Many Pockets and Airvents 1 of 2
... that business would have me take it off and remove it from their business if I wanted to eat there!

I wouldn't, and it was something the veterans who were wearing their patriotic patches and such refused to do as well.

"We would not take them off and it meant going someplace else, we would go someplace else and that's exactly what we ended up doing,” said Warren.

Oceanside is located north of San Diego and is home to the United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton which has a daytime population of 70,000 Marines and civilian personnel.

In Oceanside, there are more than 77,000 retired military personnel reside within a 50-mile radius of the base.

For me, I was stationed down south in Camp Pendleton about 35 years ago.

It's interesting to see that Oceanside has not changed and is still as anti-military as it ever was. 

As ironic as it may be, I remember someone once telling me that Oceanside's shitty treatment of active duty personnel and veterans is just that city's loving way of saying thanks to the Marine Corps for keeping it alive since World War II!

Whether it is Starbucks, or anti-military Hollywood movie stars, or celebrities who hate Conservative Americans, or places like San Francisco and Oceanside who have proven themselves over the years to be against the troops, I won't give them a dime's worth of business.

And yes, that goes the same for anti-military or anti-veteran politicians at any level, local, state or federal. I refuse to support them in any way.

They simply don't deserve it!

That's how I see it!

Tom Correa