Twice a year Panama City Beach welcomes our wounded heroes into the community for the Warrior Beach Retreat, but an event aimed at honoring our nation’s veterans took a different turn at their hotel.
According to WJHJ, “Veterans say they were shocked at the level of disrespect these college students had. They told me that they threw beer on them from their balconies and even spit on them.
Linda Cope, founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat, says she’s never seen such disgusting behavior.
‘They’re a total disgrace for our military,’ she said.
‘They were urinating on the American flag they were throwing things off of the balconies.’
These injured soldiers were staying at the Lake Town Wharf Resort at the same time students in the fraternity Zeta Beta Tau from the University of Florida and Emory University were in town for their spring formal.
‘I have not stood up and said anything about spring break because we constantly want to get the support of the community, but if this is at all indicative of what these college students do we need to get rid of it,’ said Cope.
Veterans say it comes down to respect for our country.
‘There was a group of very intoxicated college kids that actually ripped the American flag out of the ground and was trying to run around with it.’
Cope did receive an apology letter from the president of UF who said he has started an investigation.”
Popular Military attempted to contact Univertiy of Florida’s Zeta Beta Tau president, Tyler Drescher, who did apologize, at [email protected], but did not receive a response.