Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Veteran Lost Job Over PTSD Service Dog!

UPDATE: Veteran "terminated" after fight to take service dog to work
Veteran says ready to file discrimination charges

NBC 26 News
Billy Wagness
Apr 18, 2016

"They're saying they're not getting the proper paperwork, but the paperwork that they're asking [for has] Borderline HIPAA violations," adds Kettner, "and the VA will not fill it out."
A marine veteran living with PTSD has been fighting for months to bring his service dog to work with him.

Now, as the legal battle continues, Shaun Kettner says he has been "terminated" from his employment at L and S Electric.

For Kettner, the Dutch shepherd named 'Sig' has been a lifesaver, helping him focus in daily life when the stress becomes too great.

"You have to look at him as like a wheelchair," says Kettner, as Sig sits quietly next to him.

But the fight to bring the service dog to work has been caught up for weeks in its own legal battle between L and S Electric and the VA.

Representatives for the Appleton-based manufacturing and motor repair company say Kettner had failed to complete proper paperwork for bringing in Sig to work. But Kettner says the VA has so far refused to sign the paperwork in question over concern that some questions asked violated HIPAA laws.
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