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PUYALLUP: Not ‘Fair’ to disabled veteran’s family

Letter by Kristeen I. Zehm, Centralia on April 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm with No Comments »
April 22, 2013 1:27 pm

We are living in an era of young military being permanently disabled. I was pleased to see that the Puyallup Spring Fair Military Appreciation Day included disabled veterans. Excited, I checked the fair’s website to ensure that dependents were also included in the promotion and, in fact, it was emphasized.

My spouse arranged for the day off, I excused my children from school, and we traveled 70 miles to “Do the Puyallup.”

When we arrived at the gate, my family was refused entrance to the fair without first purchasing a ticket. I was positive that this was simply a miscommunication and attempted to explain that since I was no longer active that my family members did not have military identification, but that they definitely were my dependents. The gate staff was adamant that only those holding valid military identification were free.

I did not want to cancel our day at the fair, so we bought tickets and I went straight to the fair office to inform administration of the miscommunication at the gate. I was confident that I would be reimbursed for the admission prices, or at the least offered some form of compensation, butI was informed that the gate staff correctly charged admission.

Military appreciation day was boldly advertised as including dependents. I am disappointed to learn that the dependents of the military-disabled are not “appreciated.”

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