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Sen. Ciccone calls for a veterans’ boycott of Johnston Home Depot for failing to acknowledge veteran ID discounts
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Frank A. Ciccone (D-Dist. 7, Providence, North Providence) is calling on Rhode Island’s veterans to boycott the Johnston location of Home Depot over the business’s refusal to acknowledge the veteran designation on a Rhode Island driver’s license to utilize the store’s veteran discount.
“I received several complaints from numerous constituents that this business was refusing to grant their veteran’s discount to veterans who used their official veteran designation on their driver’s license as proof of their service. I knew this was against the law so I decided to check it out for myself and low and behold, the veteran designation on my own license was not enough for them, even when I told the employees what they were doing was against the law. So, if they want to ignore the law regarding their veteran discount, I am calling on all of Rhode Island’s veterans to boycott this particular Home Depot location until they start obeying the law,” said Senator Ciccone.
Senator Ciccone is referencing RI General Law 31-10-48 which states that the presentment of an operator's license marked "veteran" shall have the same validity in retail establishments as the presentment of a certified, government-issued military identification card as eligibility for preferential treatment.
Senator Ciccone has also filed a formal complaint with the Attorney General’s office.
For more information, contact:
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
Lt. Governor's Office
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