Home Depot lost a customer recently when it stopped honoring Tom Colapietro’s Naval Reserve identification card for the retailer’s 10 percent discount for veterans.
Colapietro, a Navy veteran who says he spent thousands of dollars at the local Bristol Home Depot, was told he’d need a new card from the Disabled American Veterans to comply with the store’s discount policy. Colapietro took his Naval Reserve card, and his business, to the nearby Lowe’s for the 10 percent discount.
Now the state of Connecticut isn’t too happy with Home Depot. After a Bottom Line column last week about Colapietro’s experience, the state decided it was a good time to announce a program that, starting Jan. 1, will issue driver’s licenses and identification cards designating veteran status with an American flag.
Even as official state-issue identification, though, the new licenses do not comply with identification required by Home Depot for its 10 percent veterans’ discount.