Some info I got ( turns out we know some people in common - firearms enthusiast community - lots of veterans participate)
I heard he can walk around but gets bouts of vertigo where he suddenly starts to stumble. Sometimes it happens on stairs. The dog is trained to help mitigate that when it suddenly happens. Guy was hit with IED's twice..sounds like something that can happen with inner ear damage to me ( my supposition)
There are pics on his FB page of him golfing and fishing , but the bouts come on suddenly and his dog is always with him .
Now , the police say there were other reasons they were asked to leave the boardwalk. Could be because he had a strong reaction to being summonsed for his dog , which is understandable. It seems it was the validity of his disability was what was being questioned , not the service dog's right to be there should he be genuinely disabled. The ID card raises flags , yes , but in this case it looks like just an added accoutrement .
Anyway , still looking to see how this pans out. As usual with yellow journalism these days you will only see details that support the publication's overall feeling towards the incident. And not understanding or misstating the law is epidemic in the press .
Like I said , I know some people in common. I would really like to know the details because if we wind up with a service dog , this is my home state and it is a boardwalk I visit yearly.
Alvin - GSD - born @ late February 2013
Bo - Boxer/Hound - born @ late June 2008
Greta - English Mastiff - born somewhere between 2003 and 2005 ,estimated.
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