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Allegedly Denied Free Public Transportation, Army Vet Sues

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By John Pacenti

Daily Business Review

January 6, 2014

The Patriot Pass is perk for all veterans who have been honorably discharged.

Raymond Rivera left the U.S. Army in 2001 with the designation discharged “under honorable conditions,” which is one level down from an actual honorable discharge.

Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. filed the lawsuit in County Court on behalf of Rivera.

The legal aid group said more than 1,800 low-income veterans obtained Patriot Passports in 2012 to attend Department of Veterans Affairs doctors’ appointments, commute to work and carry out other daily activities.

Staff attorney Liam Joseph McGivern said Rivera is not the only veteran who has been denied the Patriot Pass because the county has split hairs on the level of discharge.

Rivera served two four-year Army hitches. He was stationed in Germany during his last stint.

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