Female Vet Called Out for Parking in Veteran's Spot in Anonymous Clueless Note

Most people have nothing but respect for our armed forces and veterans, and wish we could do more for them. Which is why some people around the country have started placing "Vets Only" parking spaces in lots, closer to the entrance of stores. It's small thing, but it's pretty cool. But one female soldier in Wilmington, North Carolina, got a nasty note left on her windshield for taking advantage of the kind gesture.

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Mary Claire Caine is an Air Force veteran who served in Kuwait, so way you cut it, she's certainly qualified for veterans-only parking. Only not everyone seems to think so.

Caine was shopping at Harris Teeter in Wilmington last Friday, January 16, when she parked in a special parking space reserved for veterans. When she got back to her car, she was very dismayed to find a nasty note from "Wounded Vet," chastising her for using the privilege.

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."

The former F-117 Nighthawk pilot was crushed. She served on the flight line in Kuwait, so to be told she was "worthy" of vet status had to feel like a slap in the face.

She said, "The first thing I felt was confusion that there was a mistake, and that I had to talk to this person and ask them why they were so quick to assume I wasn't a veteran and that I was taking privileges that didn't belong to me."

Caine also said that she became angry with herself, and wondered, "Am I a worthy enough veteran to park in this spot?" She even waited around in hopes that "Wounded Vet" would return, so she could explain that she did in fact serve her country in the military, and ask why they felt the need to leave the note. No one showed up though.

She explained what she thought probably happened. "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," she said. "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."

Caine knows she's unlikely to ever find out who wrote the note, but she has a message for that person. "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," she said.

Why do you think this person felt the need to leave the note?

 

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