What is one thing that everyone knows about me?
I LOVE MY SOLDIERS.
So what do you think happens when you mess with a soldier?
Well my dears, I came out SWINGIN' at an establishment called Brothers Bar and Grill.
When I heard that one of my soldiers that JUST got back from the 'Stan was kicked out for having tattoos, I was LIVID.
Within a few short hours I had spread the word, and the anger spread right along with it!
There were literally people from ACROSS the country voicing their outrage, and yet the bar was silent.
We solicited a simple apology and got nothing.
The silence only fueled us.
This is what I sent to the Brothers' Corporate office:
"This is regarding the discrimination at your establishment on Market Street today. I was personally offended when they escorted a soldier out of the bar for having tattoos. First of all, this is 2012 and there is nothing wrong with non-offensive tattoos. Second of all, that soldier JUST got back from a war zone fighting for the freedom for you to even HAVE a bar. We have sufficiently spread the word across the country, so their Facebook page has been inundated. They have refused to give an apology and have deleted our comments, thus inspiring me to inform the media. I suggest you rectify this situation quickly, because we fight for our soldiers like they fight for us. Relentlessly. "
And it was also forwarded to several different media outlets.
By 10pm I was already contacted by the Denver Post, and they are calling me today.
Now if this was a guy that caused trouble or had a smart mouth, I might not have reacted so.
HOWEVER...this is one of the SWEETEST guys I know, who also happens to be married to a close friend/co-worker of mine. I don't think it's right to discriminate against anyone, but ESPECIALLY not one of the best soldiers I know.
Moral of the story?
Stand up for what's right even if it does impede on your only day off.
It was totally worth it, and even if all I get is that satisfaction that I did what I could, that will be enough for me. My husband doesn't call me tenacious for nothin' ;)
Which brings me to the other moral of the story:
Don't. Mess. With. Me.