Heather Diaz is a Navy veteran who served for over 11 years.
"I can hold my head high knowing that I did something for my country," she said.
Even though Diaz admits she is more than proud of her service to her country, her service took a toll on her. During her time in service, Diaz lost over seven of her comrades. Five of them were Navy SEALS. With this pain comes constant anxiety as her husband is currently stationed in the Middle East.
When She came back home she found the help she needed. Her little helper is a service dog named Brinkley who had become a medical necessity for Diaz.
"He's helped lower my blood pressure. My blood pressure was 140/84, and after 30 days with him, it dropped to 107/70," she said.
Diaz brings Brinkley with her everywhere. Grocery shopping, out to ear, and even to work, Brinkley is always by her side.
Recently Diaz and her coworkers decided to go to Genghis Grill in Chantilly to enjoy a much needed lunch.
Unfortunately what was supposed to be a breezy lunch turned into a disaster.
"The manager's name is Juan. He came up to me and said, 'You need to leave. Dogs are not allowed.' And I said, 'He is a service dog.' And he said, "I don't care," said Diaz, a Navy veteran.
Despite being absolutely humiliated in front of her coworkers and other restaurant attendees, Diaz tried to stand her ground.
"And I said again, 'Are you aware of the laws stating he is allowed to be with me wherever I go?' Again, he said, 'I don't care,'" Diaz said.
Another manger that happened to be working at that time was Vicky Dudley.
She told local reporters her take on the incident,
"I asked him like, what happened?" said Dudley. "He was like, 'I just told her to leave.' I'm like, 'Juan, you cannot tell her to leave. That's against the law. You cannot tell her to leave.'"
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