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Local War Vet Refused Service

 
Local War Vet Refused Service
Posted Thursday, February 20th 2014 @ 5am  by KTRH's Eric Sharp

A former Marine and Gulf War Veteran said he was told to leave a Houston area bar and restaurant because he had his service dog with him.  Don Brown of Spring Texas was given a medical discharge from the Marines after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  About eight months ago he got a service dog named Truman to, as Brown said; help him cope with everyday life. 

According to Brown he met a friend at the River Side Inn Marina in Channelview Wednesday for a burger and he brought Truman with him.  The waitress told Brown the dog could not be there and Brown explained it was a service dog.  The waitress went to check with her manager and that’s when Brown said a man came out from across the room and asked Brown if he was blind.  The Manager didn’t think Truman was a certified service dog and told Brown to leave because of an “attitude problem”.

It is against state and federal law for a business to ask about a person’s disability or to deny service to someone with a service animal.  Brown originally told his story to our t-v partner Local 2 because he said he wanted the whole world to know how he was treated.  The restaurant refused to comment on the incident.   

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Video courtesy of KTRH television partner KPRC Local 2.

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