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Dave & Buster’s Apologizes, Vows To Do Better For Vets Following Patch Issue

Remember the recent story on veterans being asked to take off their vests at Dave & Buster’s?

This is the aftermath.

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The turnaround from villain to good guys in the eyes of local veterans for the Dave & Buster’s restaurant took a meeting and a handshake.

“I would encourage everyone now to visit Dave & Buster’s,” said Grandville post commander Mike Hawes.

The meeting came Friday, less than a week after Victor Murdock and three other members of the post’s Sons of American Legion chapter were told they couldn’t wear their vests inside the Dave & Buster’s on 28th Street in Kentwood.

Their vests feature various patches, including a U.S. flag and an eagle. Dave & Buster’s dress code prohibits patches and similar items because the company says they could represent gang symbols.

Officials with the Dallas-based restaurant chain told legion members the gang symbols are not as obvious as one might think.

“Just like a certain ball team’s hat, and stuff like that. So it really makes it hard for these businesses, we understand that,” Hawes said.

But veteran supporters rallied against the chain when word spread about the gaffe, prompting Dave & Buster’s Vice President Ed Forler to get on a plane and come to Grandville Friday.

“This shows a very large company willing to take care of an issue when it’s an issue and move it forward,” said Hawes.

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