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Friday, January 10, 2014

PTSD Veteran kicked out of restaurant because of service dog

Disabled veteran and service dog denied seating at restaurant
WBTV News
By Brody O'Connell
Posted: Jan 09, 2014

MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV)
Benjamin Wardrid has a unique bond with his service dog, Beau.

"He knows me better than my wife does," Wardrid laughed, patting Beau on the side.

Wardrid served in the U.S. Army during the war in Iraq.

He returned home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, causing panic attacks and tremors. He is now classified as disabled. Beau helps fend off the symptoms. "He is my battle buddy at all times," Wardrid said.

Until Wednesday night, their bond has never been tested.

"I went to go eat with my family at the Hong Mei Hibachi Grill and Buffett in Mooresville and was refused service from this restaurant," Wardrid told WBTV. "It was strictly because I had my service dog with me. I was completely baffled and that is the first time that has ever happened to me."
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