To the Editor:
After reading Jacob Brooks’ column in today’s (Nov. 27) Fort Hood Herald about eating free on Veterans Day, I felt compelled to write.
I am a 15-plus-year veteran who was honorably discharged in 1993. I joined the Army at 17 while still in high school, and went active duty on my 18th birthday in 1978. I also have a minimal service-connected disability, which does allow me to work full time. I do not draw any compensation for my disability, even though it was found to be service connected.
On Nov. 11, I decided to take advantage of this free meal opportunity to honor my service. I left my job site on W.S. Young Drive intending to go to Texas Roadhouse. Passing by Applebee’s (another possibility), I saw that they were crowded. Roadhouse had a crowd (50 or more) standing outside. Same thing with Chili’s and all other advertised places.
So, I decided to skip the nice “sit down” restaurants, grab a Subway sandwich and go back to work, since it was supposed to offer a free 6-inch sub for veterans.
I pulled into the parking lot at Subway on W.S. Young across from the mall, and saw the lot was almost empty. I thought “Great, I can be in and out in five minutes and get back to work.”
Much to my surprise, when I walked to the door, there was a piece of paper taped to it that said, “No Vet discounts and no free 6” subs. Sorry, MGMT.”
I didn’t even go inside.
Needless to say, that ticked me off because it was published in the Killeen Daily Herald and broadcast on KCEN-TV.
I ended up going next door to Taco Bell and spent $8 on my “free” lunch.
Although I don’t eat out every day, I have been a Subway customer in the past. However, after my experience on Nov. 11, I will not patronize another Subway in this area.
I hope “MGMT” reads this letter and attempts to make it right.