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From Mad World: Major Diggs Brown is a 30 year Army veteran and currently lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Upon returning from Afghanistan, Brown had severe PTSDthat he still suffers from. A recent trip to Chicago has made Brown not only uncomfortable, but slightly outraged as well, and with good reason.
Like some with the debilitating side effects of war known as PTSD, Brown decided to search for a companion. For the past two and a half years, his service dog, Arthur, has been his constant company. This man and his best friend have an unbreakable bond. The psychology behind the love for one’s pet is easy to comprehend, and we all can relate to having a companion that we feel helps us get through — especially the warriors returning home from battle zones.
“He does a lot of things. He wakes me up from nightmares when I have them. When I have anxiety attacks, he calms me down. He saved my life and I’m even off the drugs,” said Major Diggs Brown.
Brown was met with a discouraging scenario when he took Arthur, the beloved canine, with him to a restaurant in Chicago during a recent trip to the Windy City. Brown was looking to get some breakfast at Cochon Volant when the waitress informed him that he could not eat in the restaurant while Arthur was with him.
“When my service dog and I walked in, the hostess took us to the table, and the young lady named Hannah, she said you can’t have a dog in the restaurant,” Brown said. “I kept my cool and I said you know it’s the American Disabilities Act. This is my service dog, he can go wherever I go, it’s the law. So I was seated, placed my order then Hannah came over again and said I have to leave. I said it’s my service dog and she said I don’t care, you need to leave, we don’t have dogs in the restaurant. I could go to the Department of Justice with this if we continue down this path.”
Once Brown was back at home in Ft. Collins, he posted on his Facebook timeline what had happened in Chicago. His post went viral and elicited a response from Cochon Volant.
“When I got home, I posted to my Facebook page, this is what happened to me and it went viral,” said Brown. “The manager of the restaurant then called me personally and then emailed me apologizing.”
Brown has shown himself to be the dignified soldier all expect him to be. Hopefully in the future, restaurants will understand the vital need for some of these soldiers to have these service dogs. Arthur couldn’t be reached for comment, but he looks happy to be Brown’s companion in the photos of the two together.