The Warrior Beach Retreat is a twice-a-year event held in Panama City, Fla. for combat wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war.
While staying at the same hotel with the veterans, members of the Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity from Emory University and The University of Florida harassed them in unbelievable ways.
As Megyn Kelly reported on her April 24th, 2015 edition of her Fox News show, “The Kelly File” the fraternity brothers spit at them, threw bottles at them, and urinated on the American Flag.
Linda Cope, organizer of the Warrior Beach Retreat, said, “People were urinating off the balconies, throwing up in the elevators, making suggestive and sexual comments about veterans with their service dogs and derogatory and suggestive comments about their wives.” She also commented, “They’re a total disgrace for our military.”
Then there were the insults to Veteran Nicholas Connole. He reported, “They actually spit on me and my service dog as well, and that’s just so disrespectful and it hurts. I come and I feel honored and I feel safe and that I belong, but now I feel like I’m defending myself.”
The ZBT national organization suspended the chapters at both universities.
Laurence Bolotin, Executive Director of Zeta Beta Tau International, issued a detailed statement indicating that they were “committed to doing everything we can to make amends with the veterans community” and they had hired an independent investigator to look into all of the events.
Dave Kratzer, Student Affairs Vice President at the University of Florida, himself a U.S. Army veteran (Maj. Gen., Ret.), said he was “personally offended and disappointed by the behavior that has been described to me…this is not representative of our students or of the university.”
In the meantime, three students from the University of Florida have already expelled from the fraternity for spitting at the veterans.
On the other hand, a statement released from Emory University said they were investigating the incident but “no evidence has been found to implicate Emory students in these reported incidents.” Although Ms. Cope indicated she received an apology letter from The University of Florida, she has yet to hear from officials from Emory University.
The veterans attending the The Warrior Beach Retreat acted as honorable men and women do by not retaliating towards these uncivil, rude and disrespectful college students as these events were taking place. However, it does seem strange that Emory University has not been courteous enough to respond to Ms. Cope about the incident involving their students. Perhaps even disrespectful?