Not-So-Fast Food: War Veteran Denied Service

Fat Casual - Smoked Fried Chicken, by flickr user Edsel L, licensed by Creative Commons.

Worth a bite?

An employee’s decision at a popular fast food chain might fry the whole franchise.  Charles Hernandez, a veteran of the Iraq War, was denied service at a KFC in New York after attempting to bring in his service dog. He is filing a lawsuit for $1,000,000 in Manhattan Federal Court.  Hernandez uses his dog, Valor, to help alleviate his post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which includes night terrors and other panic attacks.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows any American to bring their service animals in any establishment or location. Read more

College Student to get $4 Million in Settlement

Holding cell S-21, by Flickr user Hanumann, licensed by Creative Commons.

Picture this, only smaller.

No one expects to go to a college party and wind up in a DEA holding cell for 4 days. Daniel Chong, a 25 year old college student is filing suit after being taken into custody during a drug raid at a friend’s house in April of 2012. He was taken into custody, but informed no charges against him would be pursued, and to “hang tight”, the officers would be back to get him in a few minutes. The doors to this cell did not open again for four days, and Daniel had no access to any food or water during this time period. When agents finally discovered Daniel still in this holding cell, he was suffering from hallucinations, dehydration, kidney failure, and a perforated esophagus; for which he needed to be hospitalized for five days. Read more

More Suicides in Army Than Combat-Related Deaths

 

sad t-rex by Flickr user iJammin, licensed by Creative Commons

He’s sad and needs help.

The Department of the Army just released statistics for 2012 showing that there have been more deaths due to suicide over combat-related deaths.  This year alone there has been 212 deaths because of combat, a number too high, but 303 deaths have been from suicide.  The Department of the Army included the 303 suicides are from soldiers in active duty, Reserve, and the National Guard.

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