Earlier this week, a Houston-area restaurant refused to seat a disabled veteran because he was accompanied by a service dog. The restaurant's manager forced Don Brown, who has suffered from post-traumatic disorder for two decades following his service in the Gulf War, to exit the establishment after invasively -- and illegally -- asking Brown if he was able to see. When Brown answered that he was not blind, the manager told him that he and his dog, Truman, could not come inside together.
The manager's discriminatory practice is a regular occurrence -- earlier this month, another veteran, Yancy Baer, was denied entry to a Starbucks because an employee did not believe Baer's service dog, Verbena, should be allowed into the coffee shop. As happened with Brown, Baer was told that because he is not blind, he could not be accompanied by a service dog. Yet another veteran, Charles Hernandez, sued a KFC in New York City for kicking out him and his canine companion, after having taken McDonald's to court in a similar lawsuit several years earlier.