TelI am a Reserve Sailor from New Jersey visiting New York City in uniform with my un-uniformed girlfriend during the Fleet Week festivities. We had gone to the entrance of the Empire State Building knowing uniformed servicemembers recieved free admission to t he observatory. However, we were forced by Empire State Building staff and NY Skyride staff to wait on line for security, an hour and a half wait time, because my girlfriend was not in uniform. I feel that this is very disrespectful and discouraging to all uniform servicemembers that although we are in the uniform, are still forced to wait in a security line because of accompanying family, friends, or significant others. I felt incredibly disrespected and begin to question why I serve my country for the very people denying me access to the very structures I took oath to protect. We had even visited the 9/11 Museum earlier in the day and were still both granted free admission during a sold out crowd. I would have gladly paid for my girlfriend's admission to the Empire State Building Observatory, but just felt too disrespected for having to wait in line to pass through security. What is the problem here? Can somebody fix this issue please? Its simple. I just wanted everyone to know that, even on Memorial Day, men and women in uniform are still not worthy of by-passing the corruptive money-making animals outside of the very venues that we fight to protect. Please share my story. l us your story
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