Afghan Vet Can't Fly Flag at Apartment

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July 27, 2013 10:39 PM CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — An injured veteran of the war in Afghanistan has been told to take down the American flag she has flying from her balcony by her apartment's management company. Jen Elliot was shocked when she found a notice on her front door. It's from her property management company asking her to remove an American flag from her balcony, along with some other items. I was very upset and very offended by it, she said. We live in America. Why shouldn't we fly our flag proudly? Elliot says she immediately checked her lease to see if she was in fact violating any rules. It does say you cannot have flags, plants or wind chimes. However, it does say that the American flag can be displayed within the laws of the state and proper flag etiquette. And mine is. After CBS13 went to the property manager, the rental company called Elliot to say she can fly her flag—it just can't stay where it's at. The flag can't be screwed into the siding of her balcony. I've lost six people in the past three months, and I know they are going through a tough time. I fly that for them. She was a specialist serving as a heavy-wheeled vehicle operator and a .50-caliber gunner. She says she flies the flag to remind her of her unit overseas that she can't be a part of anymore after she was injured. I suffered from PVI, which is a traumatic brain injury. I was blown off into the wall, and I was unconscious for a couple of minutes. And I still have PTSD from that. Elliot says she's moving out unless they let her keep the flag the way it is. I'll take my plants and wind chimes down, it that's what you want. But I'm not taking that flag down. The property management company says they are meeting with Jen face-to-face on Monday to discuss their options and how they can come to a resolution.

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  1. bluetwo
    bluetwo Jul 29, 2013

    stand your ground dont let them break you.

  2. Mottlee
    Mottlee Jul 29, 2013

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!

  3. Hajji_Wrangler
    Hajji_Wrangler Jul 30, 2013

    Good for your. Go to a VFW, they are good for getting the word out about this kinda behavior.

  4. Cheifs4828
    Cheifs4828 Jul 30, 2013

    Let's cover the place in flags.

  5. lennes.perry246
    lennes.perry246 Jul 30, 2013

    What is this country coming to when you can't fly the American flag? It saddens me to see this.

  6. RT841
    RT841 Jul 30, 2013

    She can't screw it into the siding so drape it over the sides. If everyone screws posts into the siding you will a bunch of holes and other damage. I don't see the problem with the management company.

  7. sm237
    sm237 Jul 30, 2013

    It should be a crime for anyone or any company or organization to even attempt to stop an individual or organization from diplaying the American Flag. Enough is enough no one has the right to keep us from diplaying the symbol of our Freedom.

  8. 5thcommjarhead
    5thcommjarhead Jul 30, 2013

    What the heck is "PVI"? She said "TBI", i.e., Traumatic Brain Injury. Looks like someone else might be, too.

  9. Erichs
    Erichs Jul 31, 2013

    You cannot stand your ground. It is nearly every lease or HOA documents. It is a shame. Why is because again America has long sold out for the money or some sort of aesthetic tripe. In your community you can only fly the flag on holidays. Yep the screw holes can damage the wood. don't fly it at night either. Not good etiquette. We have become a totally ridiculous society.

  10. 14684848
    14684848 Jul 31, 2013

    CplMartinez, Remember many of the as you call them libtards are veterans, you are insulting socially liberal voters. This is a huge mistake. Those of us who are of liberal thinking also are insulted and will fight such property management decisions. We are a actually a liberal country who allows some reasonable dissent. We allow you ! You are obligated to allow me ! I did pay my dues, and at 3/4 of a century old I deserve respect just as we all must respect our flag and the right to correctly display it.

  11. Chockblock
    Chockblock Aug 08, 2013

    Move out, You can find a Pro-American Rental Company.

  12. 11632410
    11632410 Sep 05, 2013

    Leftist turd thinking that only the obama & clinting loathing the military would condone. She SHOULD use it and more like it as her window curtains since flying it outside is against their rules.

    WAWARON Sep 17, 2013

    Fly it proudly! Mine goes up every day to remember and honor my shipmates who can no longer fly theirs. My HOA can and has been kissing my butt for over a year 'cause they can't do anything about it. And as for USS8807...take a flying leap off a short pier. You have freedoms because of heroes like Jen.

  14. 24414450
    24414450 Oct 06, 2013

    The rules of the apartment complex is very common, she isn't following the guidelines of her apartment building and that is why they cited her. Even if you own a place with an HOA they usually have such guidelines. They aren't saying she can't have it, just not as it is. Additionally if you you would have to get prior permission to mount anything on the shared structure. I think she just didn't understand the situation nor read the rules before she signed the lease.

  15. 17635561
    17635561 Oct 16, 2013

    Come to Tennessee! Many repect and fly the flag!! I am thinking of getting a Betsy Ross one and another one with circle of 13 stars from 1861 and put them on my front porch poles.Stand tall gal!! Thank you for your service!!!!!

  16. 31598029
    31598029 Dec 10, 2013

    Fly the N.O.W. flag. No body should have a problem with that. After all that's what you were serving for in the first place. It was about women lib, no so much the country.

  17. GadsdenFlag
    GadsdenFlag Nov 04, 2015

    This is a GREAT video showing how an injured veteran is being persecuted over her flying the United States flag. Everyone needs to know about these sorts of things going on in our veterans' communities. Why does anyone "dislike" this video -- unless they are against our rights to fly the U.S. flag! We fought for this flag -- we should be able to fly it. If you posted a "dislike" on this video -- then please revise your thinking.....

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