Houston Starbucks grills wounded warrior with service dog


A veteran of the Iraq war is telling a Houston TV station how he was “harassed and humiliated” when he tried to enter a local Starbucks with his service dog for a meeting on behalf of Canine Companions for Independence.

Special Forces Maj. Yancy Baer lost his left leg from the knee down to cancer, diagnosed when he twisted his ankle during his third tour of duty in Iraq in 2009. His Lab-retriever mix, which he received only 14 weeks ago, helps him with many everyday tasks.

Baer was visiting Houston on Wednesday to share his story when he went to the ubiquitous coffee shop for the meeting.

“A gentleman from Starbucks meets me at the door and says I can’t have her in the store,” Baer tells KHOU.  When Baer explained to the Starbucks employee that Verbena is his physical service dog, he was rudely told: “You’re not blind.” Continue reading