Veteran disagrees with Home Depot policy

July 8, 2013 at 2:08 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Walk into the front door of Home Depot, and you will notice giant flags hanging from the rafters. There are flags for each branch of service and another for POW/MIAs. I asked a cashier if they gave a military discount, and he replied, "Yes we do." I placed an order for nearly $1,200 of tile flooring in the flooring department. I asked the woman who was assisting me with the order, as well, if they offered a military discount. She said, "Yes, with proper ID." I told her I have a driver's license that lists me as a veteran. She informed me that a driver's license with a veteran's distinction printed on it would not be accepted. I served seven years in the Air Force and am no longer in. When a service member separates from the service, their government issued ID is taken, but they can apply for a state ID. This type of ID can only be obtained if you provide the area DPS office with proof of honorable discharge. I asked if I could speak with the manager, hoping that he would understand. He informed me that their policy only gives military discounts to disabled veterans and active-duty members. All other veterans can get the discount on three specific holidays (Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day). I told him Independence Day is only a couple of weeks away and was there anything he could do? He said, "Come back in a couple of weeks."

A veteran is a veteran regardless of whether they are active, retired, disabled or separated.

I completely disagree with their policy, but it is their right to have it. I will choose to give my business to Lowe's as they give the discount every day for every veteran.

Jeff Neaves, Victoria



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