(Via Fox News)A veteran says he was denied a ride on a New Jersey Transit bus because of his service dog. Daniel Wright, who served 11 years in the Marines and Army, suffers from PTSD. He doesn't go anywhere without his pit bull service dog, Tank.
The Purple Heart recipient said he has never had any issues traveling with Tank since he moved to Newark. However, that all changed this week for Wright when he tried to board a bus with his dog.
Wright said that the bus driver told him that dogs weren't allowed on the bus. He told the driver that Tank is a service dog and permitted to be on the bus with him.
The bus driver reportedly refused to allow Wright to board the bus with Tank, stating that "he didn't care."
Wright said he filed a formal complaint with NJ Transit, and officials said they have launched an investigation into his claim.
NJ Transit also released a statement that, in part, reads, "Service animals are permitted on board all of our modes: bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link, and we take our responsibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act very seriously."
Wright was able to get on another bus with Tank after showing the driver his military ID.
Wright said Monday morning on "Fox and Friends" that his service dog has changed his life.
"I love Tank," he said.
Do you think service dogs should be allowed on public transportation? Comment below and let us know.
7/1/2015 11:57:00 am
Thank you for your service, Daniel, and welcome home. I think the service dogs should be allowed anywhere humans can go. The veterans deserve all the respect and help they can get. Again, thank you, from a Missouri member of the Patriot Guard RIders.
9/17/2015 08:13:46 pm
Dear Mr. Wright: I agree that your service dog, Tank, as any other service dog, should have been allowed to accompany you on that bus. When I hear stories like yours, my heart breaks at the disrespect shown to you and so many others who have served our nation. Please know that there many who care and appreciate your service ! Thank you, welcome home and God Bless you and Tank always!
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