This is a shocking story that just makes me sick. Veterans who had been attending a “Wounded Warriors” event in Florida say that frat students mocked their injuries, spat on them and their service dogs, and urinated on on their flags.
The University of Florida’s chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity is under investigation after members spit on and took flags from wounded veterans.
Last weekend, Zeta Beta Tau students from UF and Emory University were in Panama City Beach for their spring formal. They were staying at the Laketown Wharf Resort where veterans were also staying for the Warrior Beach Retreat, according to Linda Cope, founder of the retreat.
For the past six years, the Warrior Beach Retreat has been hosted by Panama City Beach twice a year to bring in wounded veterans and their families.
Cope honors her son, Joshua, at the retreat — he lost both legs and his right hand after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Iraq, according to the retreat site.
“In all of my years, I’ve never seen such debauchery and disrespect.”
“We focus on the caregiver and strengthening marriages,” Cope said. “That’s our vision.”
The event brought together combat wounded veterans and included a parade on April 16 where between 8,000 and 10,000 people lined the streets. Cope said the students from Emory and UF acted dishonorably the next day.
Members of the University of Florida chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity are under investigation after spitting on and taking flags from wounded veterans. The students and veterans were in Panama City Beach when the incident occurred.
Cope said Zeta Beta Tau students picked on the veterans, spit on them and their service dogs, and urinated on American flags.
“In all of my years, I’ve never seen such debauchery and disrespect,” Cope said.
Cope also said the women accompanying the men were equally as bad.
According to Panama City Beach Police, officers were not called, and there was not an incident report or any arrests.
Apparently three students have been suspended for their despicable actions. If the allegations are proven, I’d like to see those students face a room of veterans and apologize to their faces. Then have the veterans beat the $#!% out of them.