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Monday, June 2, 2014

Veteran urges us to look beyond the surface

Letter to the Editor

A gentleman accosted me on April 22 in the parking lot of the Market Basket store on Amherst Street over the placement of my shopping cart next to my vehicle.

My car was legally parked in a handicapped-designated area. My cart, which I had used, did not impede or hinder him in any way, or any other customers trying to enter or exit the store. ...

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A gentleman accosted me on April 22 in the parking lot of the Market Basket store on Amherst Street over the placement of my shopping cart next to my vehicle.

My car was legally parked in a handicapped-designated area. My cart, which I had used, did not impede or hinder him in any way, or any other customers trying to enter or exit the store.

As a 67-year-old African-American and disabled veteran of the Air Force (Vietnam, 1967-68) with legitimate Disabled Veterans plates, I took exception to his comments that “You don’t look disabled to me.”

My question to him is: What is a disabled veteran of any war supposed to look like?

Cleaven Ferguson Jr.

Merrimack