Purple Heart veteran Daniel Wright, a United States veteran who served four combat tours was denied a ride on a New Jersey bus due to his service dog.
Wright suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving 11 years in the Marines and Army, and says the driver of a New Jersey Transit bus slammed the door on him and his pit bull Tank, his registered service dog, when they tried to board last week.
Wright said the driver told him “no dogs on the bus,” and said that he was afraid of the dog, and that Tank needed a muzzle before he could get on the bus. Despite Wright showing Tank’s collar and vest which clearly identify him as a ‘US Army Service Dog,’ the driver slammed the door closed and pulled away.
When the next bus came, the driver asked to see Tank’s military papers and allowed them to board the bus without incident.
Wright said a NJ Transit official called him to apologize for the mistreatment, and told him the offending bus driver will be disciplined.
Wright has had nine surgeries on his left shoulder to date and he said Tank serves as an extension of his left arm – pushing elevator buttons, opening the refrigerator door and even retrieving water bottles from the fridge. And the father of two says Tank is a great family pet and good with his sons and would never hurt anyone.
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