Veteran with service dog kicked out of GR bar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An uproar has developed on social media after a veteran who uses a service dog was kicked out of a Grand Rapids bar Friday night.

Bar management confirms the incident happened at the Holiday Bar on 5th Street NW. An apology was posted to the bar’s Facebook page promising better training for its staff.

Jerome Smith, a Marine, said he was asked to leave shortly after walking into the bar because he had the service dog with him. He uses the dog to help him manage post traumatic stress disorder brought on from time in combat, he said. Bar staff said the root concern was for the safety of the dog and all others in a busy bar on a Friday night.

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