Or anything else, for that matter. Russell Ireland at the Big I Diner In Oxford, MA threw the vet out and refused to serve him.
“This is a post-traumatic stress dog. It’s to give him emotional support. How much emotional support do you need when you are eating breakfast,” Ireland said.
Like you, my first reaction is that there is no excuse–none–for treating a veteran this way. I’m not a big fan of dogs in restaurants, but for a 21-year veteran who served in Iraq, I’ll make an exception.
But have you seen the dog? The veteran himself? He looks like a guy who’s just trying to bring his mutt into a diner. I can understand by a business owner might look at them askance.
What I can’t understand is the owner wouldn’t at least talk to the guy and find out what’s going on, what the real story is.
This has led some to speculate that Ireland and retired MSgt Glaser have a past.
It could be that a guy who slings hash in Oxford, MA really does have something against veterans suffering from PTSD….but there’s something fishy about this story.
And it’s not the lunch special.