Saturday, April 7, 2018

Iraq Veteran and PTSD Service Dog Turned Away from Restaurant

Valley Veteran Turned Away from Harlingen Fast Food Restaurant
Angelo Vargas
Posted: Apr 06, 2018

HARLINGEN – A Rio Grande Valley veteran who went to war is now fighting to educate.

Marine Veteran David Floyd, his son and service dog, Bella, were turned away from a Harlingen restaurant.
Floyd says Bella is always next to him.

"When she has the vest on, she knows she's working. She follows me wherever I go,” he says.

Floyd says his service includes two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan aboard a ship.

"She helps a lot with my PTSD and when I get around big groups of people. I get bothered, uncomfortable,” he explains.

He says he never expected he, his son and Bella would be turned away from a Valley fast-food restaurant employee.

"She said, ‘Sir, your dog is not allowed to come in here. I'm sorry, but you're going to have to leave.’ I explained to her that this is a service dog,” he tells us.

Floyd says he left the eatery but wants other businesses to know service dogs are allowed in public places.
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