Everyone deserves kindness and respect — but certain folks stand apart from the rest, including police officers, firemen, EMTs, teachers, and veterans.
Veterans have not only risked their lives to protect our freedom — like young Ross McGinnis, who saved his entire platoon from death — but their mental and emotional health as well. Because of this, when many veterans return home, they have a difficult time returning to civilian life, and they have few government-issued benefits to help them adjust.
That’s why I was so upset when I found this man’s story on Facebook. When he witnessed a veteran being denied one of his most basic benefits, he knew he had to do something about it — and the entire internet agreed!
I was so outraged when I read this story, I shared it immediately with everyone I knew. Veterans not only deserve but need these benefits in order to readjust to their former lives, and it’s our job to stand up to bullies like this.
Am I alone in this belief? After you read this, let us know what you think in the comments below…
So I am at a hardware store today and the older gentleman in front of me shows his ID for a veteran’s discount.
The clerk tells him he does not qualify for a discount so the gentleman asked to see a manager.
The clerk asks me to go to another line. “This may take a few minutes,” he says.
“No thanks, I want to hear this,” I say.
A young, cocky, full-of-himself manager comes to talk to the vet. “No, you do not qualify for a discount,” the manager says.
“I always get a discount here,” says the vet.
“Well, we have told our people to tighten the rules and we only give what corporate says we should give, and you do not qualify.”
“I will take my business elsewhere,” says the vet.
“That is your choice,” says the manager.
As the vet began to leave, I step in…
“If one of your friends walked through the door right now, you would have the option of giving him a discount and, with your attitude, I suspect you would. So step over to the register and give this guy a discount,” I say.
“He does not qualify for it,” repeats the manager.
“Look here,” I say. “This is how this going to work. Either give this guy a discount and I’ll call your corporate office and tell them how good of a manager you are, in spite of this stupid policy — or…”
The manager looked at me.
“…Or I go home and call your corporate office and tell them how stupid the policy is and that their manager is a moron. Then I blast Facebook and it goes viral and you get to look like the moron you are.”
Judging by this story, I think you know which one the manager chose!
So please, please blast Facebook with this story!
Please SHARE so people will learn to respect our veterans!