Right kind of veterans only, please!
Marie Claire Cain pulled into a "reserved for veterans" parking spot at her local grocery store. When she returned to her car, she found a nasty note on her window:
It read, "Maybe [you] can't read the sign you parked in front of ... This space is reserved for those who fought for America ... not you. Thanks, Wounded Vet."
Marie was hurt by the note because she is
a veteran, having served in Kuwait and on the flight line of the F-117 Nighthawk.
"I think they took one look at me when I got out of my car and saw that I was a woman and assumed I wasn't a veteran and assumed I hadn't served my country," Caine told WECT. "They have this image of what today's American veteran is and honestly if you've served in the United States military, you know that veterans come in all shapes and sizes."
She was so upset by the note, she wanted to take it to local news:
"I want them to know they owe me and every other female service member who's fighting now and who's fought in the past, an apology for jumping to conclusions," Caine said.
On the bright side, Von Hall, owner of American Boat Charters
—which specializes in fishing and boat charters for veterans—saw Marie's story and was outraged. He's offered her a special charter on his boat and hopes that her story will "help break down stereotypes about veterans."
See Marie Claire Cain's story here.