Bus Driver Slams Door on Decorated Combat Veteran and Service Dog

Bus Driver Slams Door on Decorated Combat Veteran and Service Dog

July 17, 2015

Bus Driver Slams Door on Decorated Combat Veteran and Service Dog

A city bus driver slammed the door on a United States veteran who served four combat tours and was awarded a Purple Heart.

According to Daniel Wright, a combat veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving 11 years in the Army and Marines says the bus driver denied him a ride due to his service dog.

Even after Wright showed the driver his dog’s collar and vest, which say US Army Service Dog, the driver slammed the door closed due to a “no dogs allowed” policy.

Watch Army veteran Daniel Wright discuss the incident in the video below.

New Jersey Bus Driver Denies Ride to Combat Vet and Service Dog

The combat veteran, Daniel Wright, was returning home from school with his service dog Tank when he attempted to catch a ride on the city bus. The bus driver first told the Purple Heart veteran that no dogs were allowed on the bus – even though this is not true – and then said the he was afraid of the dog and slammed the door on the veteran before driving off.

According to Wright, a New Jersey Transit official called him to apologize for the mistreatment. He also let the military veteran know that the bus driver would be disciplined.

New Jersey Transit officials also told a local television station that there is an ongoing investigation into the veteran’s complaint. They also issued a statement which reads “Service animals are permitted on board all of our modes: bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link, and we take our responsibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities act very seriously.”

(Article Courtesy of BuiltUSA)

Video with Decorated Combat Veteran and Service Dog Tank

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2 Responses

Marion
Marion

February 22, 2016

At worst that bus driver should be sent on sensitivity training, at best he should be fired and prosecuted as what he did was to break the law, at least up here in Canada and I would assume in The U.S. As well. Just my thought.

Jo
Jo

February 22, 2016

It’s would be no different if a blind person and their dog were to want to board the bus. There ought to be a law, wait THERE IS A LAW!!!!!!

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