Woman Veteran Sues Over Alleged Mistreatment by Airline Over Service Dog

LISA MCCOMBS AND JAKE.
lisa mccombs and jake

As you read this story, be aware that lawyers who file lawsuits almost always exaggerate the story. Something doesn’t ring true about the version of events presented by Lisa McCombs, as it’s told here.

As you read the story be aware you’re only hearing one side. The airline that is being sued has not weighed in yet, or if it has the Washington Post is not reporting its response.

After the story, I have a controversial issue to raise that relates to this alleged incident.

Excerpt from Washington Post

Lisa McCombs, a decorated Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, claims she’d never had any trouble flying with her service dog, a Labrador retriever named Jake.

That changed one year ago, when she was barred from boarding a regional American Airlines flight with Jake, who was wearing his service vest and was properly documented at the time, according to a federal lawsuit.

McCombs suffers from PTSD and relies on her dog to calm her anxiety and panic before it overwhelms her.

But as she waited to board her return flight from Manhattan, Kansas, an airline agent approached her and asked “in a condescending tone, ‘ummm, are you going to fly with that?’” the suit states.

Thus began a 48-hour nightmare, in which McCombs says she was unable to return to her home in Gulfport, Miss., while she was repeatedly interrogated, stressed and humiliated, causing her mental health to suffer.

After missing her scheduled flight, the suit claims, McCombs was “verbally assaulted” by two agents who loudly demanded, in “rapid succession,” that she tell them the nature of her disability and explain how her service dog helps.

Their conduct implied that McCombs was falsifying her disability, the suit claims, adding that their tone was so harsh that strangers began scolding the agents and trying to comfort McCombs.

“I have PTSD, look at me, I’m an anxious mess!” McCombs replied, according to the suit filed in federal court in Mississippi on Monday,

“He’s my service dog! I don’t understand why I’m being treated like this!”

McCombs, the lawsuit states, “was emotionally crushed and humiliated by the conduct of (Americans’) agents, who discriminated against her because of her disability and publicly shamed her.”

The suit alleges negligence, breach of contract and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and asks American Airlines to compensate McCombs for her airline tickets, legal fees and medical treatment. She is also pursuing damages from American and its regional subsidiary, Envoy Air, for “reckless disregard” of her rights.

Army officials say McCombs enlisted in 2005 and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. By the time she was honorably discharged, in 2009, she had reached the rank of captain, according to military records. McCombs received multiple awards for service, including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the NATO Afghanistan Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has estimated that PTSD afflicts 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan and 20 percent of veterans of the war in Iraq.

“After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping,” the VA says. “If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

There are two thoughts that come to my mind here:

1. Should women be serving in the American military in the capacity that Lisa McCombs did? At the risk of being labeled a misogynist, I’d say no. Women exposed to danger on the front lines in war zones have no comparative advantage relative to men. They’re not stronger. They’re not faster. They are subject to being raped by the enemy. It’s foolish, but politically correct, to say that women belong in the military on an equal footing with men.

2. More generally, compared to World War II, I perceive that the American soldier today is weak minded, suffering from this made up ailment called PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Big Pharma must be making millions every year off this ailment. And apparently, it never goes away.

Jake is a fine looking dog, but there’s a lot of scamming going on with service dogs. I’ve had people who have service dogs admit it.

Dogs are great therapists and a lot cheaper than Jewish headshrinkers. A strong country with healthy people would embrace man’s best friend, while remaining mentally strong. It’s America’s establishment encouraging mental illness that’s wrong.

Dr. Thomas Szasz argues that mental illness is a myth. The link discusses the politicalization of mental “disease.”

18 thoughts on “Woman Veteran Sues Over Alleged Mistreatment by Airline Over Service Dog

  1. Lol at woman veteran

    And you get those medals or showing up. Officers get bronze stars for making coffee and power point slides

    Don’t get me wrong, many men fought hard like true professionals but most service members are fobbits and the last I heard it was fobbits with higher rates of the PTSD

    And…. don’t get me started on ptsd

    • And, where muzzies are concerned, their “prophet” allows, nay, encourages the homosexual rape of male unbelievers; just look what happened to Lawrence of Arabia, by the Turkish officer. With that said; NO WOMEN IN A COMBAT ROLE AND NO WOMEN ON NAVY WARSHIPS.

    • I’m a 1st Cav Viet Nam vet. I wasn’t a grunt but I wasn’t a remf either. I have an Aircraft Crewman badge, two Bronze Stars for service, two Army Commendation medals, six Air Medals, one Good Conduct medal and a National Defense (aka Firewatch) medal. It all looks impressive to those who don’t know but it was all really just for doing what I was supposed to do in the first place.

      • Lol 24 years never got a good conduct medal. No big story attached. Command never put me in for the 1st one, I never tried to fix it. Became point of pride after a few years.

        Mid craeer the outfit I was in promised us two things, a body bag and a medal. I’ve seen men do crazy balls out shit and not get anything but “good job” from his team mates .

        I’m not all that impressed by awards. What counts is what he crew thinks of him.

        Which will make sense to you brother but maybe not to all

  2. Once upon a time only the blind could tote a dog with them in to a restaurant, food service area etc. Now any body with “issues” can demand that a large dog needs to go with them everywhere. I think a dog this size should be in the cargo bay as paid live cargo, not in the cabin. Even if in the cabin it should pay a full fare with no discount, and occupy a seat. And only if the dog owner is blind. The dog owner can also pay extra fro cleaning the plane of dog hairs and possibly dog shit and piss.
    Not some schmuck claiming PTSD. I have been diagnosed PTSD and travel everywhere with no animal of any kind. I have no carer or other bullshit assisters paid by the Govt. Actually a lot of mental diagnoses are bullshit anyway. Most of the “mental” diseases are made up by (((quacks))) and can not be proved by scientific study. Unlike real diseases which can be found during autopsy after death.
    Nor do I need a wheelchair at airports. There are about ten times as many people riding wheel chairs at airports as say ten years ago. They get out of the chair at the plane and walk normally without assistance in to the plane. I expect to see them carried in but have never seen this.
    In other words there is a lot of scamming and lurking going on.
    I never allow any animal in to my house, why do I have to sit next to a dog on an expensive airplane ride?

  3. This “service” name is deceptive also. A service military or police dog does dangerous work and wears a vest to identify its status. An assistance dog for pretend loonies wearing a “service” vest is thus somewhat of a con.
    Why do self described nutters and dogs need to fly around the country or the world? Why not stay home in their safe space, with their dog?

  4. PTSD seems like a scam most days but I do know some guys with scrambled up heads. I think….pure guess mind you….. a lot of PTSD is actually fucked up wiring from TBI’S. Probably easier to get vets money and “help” through PTSD claims then TBI’s. Plus it makes for good headlines from the va. We did alllllllll this to help vets.

  5. I agree with both your thoughts, PJ. Women do NOT belong in combat or anywhere near the front lines. They need to keep the home fires burning for their men. Plenty of trannies in service now waiting to fuck everyone up. Real women have already been replaced.

  6. I do believe in PTSD. Many in our military in World I & II were effected with it, but were called sissies. George Patton was guilty of calling them that. They were young, just boys, many 18 y/o, leaving home for the first time. From nightmares to suicide, they suffered, unable to wipe the horrible memories from their thoughts. From seeing their own military members being blown apart to those captured and tortured by the enemy. They carried it around silently because the medical profession and civilians didn’t understand.

    Of course, with that, there always will be fakers looking for sympathy.

    There IS something fishy about this story. No airline agent would say, “in a condescending tone, ‘ummm, are you going to fly with that?’” Calling a dog “that!” No! The picture I saw elsewhere shows the dog wearing a vest with appropriate tags. Airlines do not prohibit service dogs on planes as long as the owner has papers to prove it, certainly, not making that mistake, twice if an error the first time! It doesn’t matter, in this case, that she is female and whether a female should be in the service is not the issue, as a service member with a service dog, she is legally able to take her dog on the plane. Whether she’s lying, we don’t know, and as a legal matter, AA is not permitted to discuss the incident.

    • I’ll mildly disagree with you on the “combat fatigue” issue. My disagreement revolves around the medical profession’s turning these people into lifelong basket cases. That’s why I brought that link in to Thomas Szasz (spelling?) at the end. I see people now embracing the idea that they are suffering from this or that, new diseases that didn’t exist before. The guys from WW II mostly got over it and moved on. However, this piece tends to support your position:

      http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/when-the-soldiers-well-runs-dry-combat-fatigue-and-the-second-world-war/

      Nonetheless, why don’t Muslim soldiers with ISIS etc, suffer from PTSD? They seem to be tougher mentally than Americans. Is our culture creating a nation of mental weaklings? I don’t know, but I raise the issue.

      I’m glad to see that you agree that there’s something off about the story. I’ve never seen anyone treated badly for having a service dog with them.

      • Good article. A psychiatrist I know treats PTSD patients at a local VA hospital. He’s normal, unlike many other psychiatrists. He says it is real ranging from mild to severe. Those with severe symptoms are usually the ones who experienced the worst in combat, but not always. Most do improve with time.

        Those who can talk about their experiences do better than those who hold everything in, but he says men who feel shame, weakness, that they couldn’t take it, are less likely to talk. In some cases, it was their wives or girlfriends who dragged them to the VA for treatment.

        Part of the problem, he says, is adjusting to civilian life. Difficulty getting a job and so on, but that’s not PTSD.

        I do agree some are being coddled; which just prolongs their inability to adjust. There was a time men would never admit they had combat fatigue or PTSD as it’s called today. A sign of weakness.

      • I thank Paladin for putting me on to (((Thomas Szasz))) some time back. He claims with simple arguments that (((psychiatry))) and “mental illness” is essentially a fraud, it is all about controlling and punishing those who do not behave, it is not at all about curing people. A good quote from him “Mentally ill people do not suffer. They make others suffer”. Szasz says that killers always know what they are doing even if the “voices” told them to do it.
        A good example is ADD/HD. It is normal for boys not to want to sit quietly all day indoors in class. Those that refuse to do so must therefore be “mentally ill” and need legal Speed to control them. (Ritalin etc). 20 years later these boys grown in to men are severely damaged by this psychiatric drug abuse of their bodies and brains. Anything for peace and quiet, like TV and video games, they shut noisy active boys up also, so must be good.
        This woman in the story may be an example of the Szasz quote above. Was she really suffering during her whiney outburst or did the staff suffer more? With her legal claim, now who is doing the suffering? Those employees will probably find their careers destroyed even if they did nothing wrong at all.

      • I’m glad that someone else besides me, someone of intelligence who’s willing to consider alternatives, finda Szasz as useful as I do in helping me understand the world.

  7. I didn’t read all of Dr. Thomas Szasz because I’d rather not say why. He claims psychiatry is not about illnesses and disease. Did I miss something here? The practice of psychiatry IS about diagnosing and treating physical diseases and disorders of the brain, the reason they became medical doctors first. Psychotherapy, not involving medical doctors, is treating other mental disorders not PROVEN to be physical. Why psychiatry has crossed over, blurred, into the behavioral realm is a good question. Because abnormalities in the brain caused by a multitude of conditions manifest as behavioral problems, such as Alzheimer’s. Also, see below about neurologists.

    Psychiatrists have taken on the stereotypical image of sitting behind a desk listening to a patient ramble on and on about their childhood. That belongs to psychotherapists.

    Neurologists have stolen much away from psychiatry, the specialty dealing with neurological brain conditions and many that aren’t necessarily neurological. Alzheimer’s belongs in psychiatry, but it doesn’t appear the medical community thinks that’s so since internists send their patients suspected of Alzheimer’s to neurologists, where it has been found, patients have been misdiagnosed as having “deep depression.” Neurologists should stick to neurological disorders like Parkinson’s. There are hundreds of diseases and disorders listed under neurological only because one secondary symptom of a certain medical condition might be neurological, so neurology takes all of them.

    But, I’m inclined to think symptoms appearing to be mental disorders may be proven in the future to be abnormalities in the brain, including neuroses and children having extreme problems learning to read, to name a few as examples. I’d like to ask Szasc if there are no physical manifestations in the brain to cause abnormal behavior, why do some people behave as they do? Why do they symptomatically fall into categories. Do they want to be narcissists, schizophrenics, bi-polars, neurotics, then intentionally behave in that manner to get attention?

    Do those with PTSD really want to have horrible nightmares, problems with anger, depression? Giving some an anti-depressant might be just what they need due to an imbalance of serotonin in the brain. Possibly, why they succumbed to PTSD in the first place.

    Studies show liberals are “wired” differently than conservatives. We wonder how they can be so easily brainwashed, so illogical, lack common sense and even have criminal tendencies. Studies are showing criminality might be inherited, something gone awry in the brain.

    Since behavior is controlled by the brain, how does Szasz know it is not malfunctioning in some way when a specific source of a physical problem in the brain hasn’t been discovered yet? For him to make such a blanket statement as there are no mental illnesses is rather reckless. There are knowns and too much unknown.

    The words “illness” and “disease” are often used generically to mean something is wrong, but Szasz makes a big deal about it. Illness is defined as: “a disease or period of sickness affecting the body or mind.” I’d say neuroses, for example. are illnesses of the mind. Doctors use words their patients and general public understand; therefore, they do not speak medical terminologically correct unless involved in research papers. Even with other doctors, they pretty much speak like everyone else except using medical terminology when appropriate since that is medicine.

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