A Northeastern Alabama county school system is allowing disabled American veterans free admission to middle and high school sporting events, according to a published report.
The service-connected disabled must show identification cards when arriving at the Marshall County School System events, The San Mountain Reporter states. The schools taking part in the free program include Asbury, Douglas, Claysville, Brindlee Mountain and DAR.
The principals and coaches of the school systems' middle and high schools unanimously agreed to the policy, assistant superintendant Butch Ferguson with Marshall County Schools told the news source.
"Marshall County Board of Education member Bill Aaron came to me a couple of weeks ago with a proposal that I talk to principals in the Marshall County School System about allowing disabled American veterans with a service-connected disability into our sporting events free," Ferguson told the news source, also noting he is athletic director of the school system.
Aaron, who crafted the suggestion, is a disabled veteran himself. His military service includes two years in the U.S. Army and 22 years with the National Guard.
Aaron, who devoted eight months of service to helping in the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, also taught in the school system for 33 years before retiring.
He said when the injured veterans show their cards, admitting their attendance will not be of issue.
"I'm a disabled American veteran, so I'm among them and talk to them," Aaron told the news source. "I was talking to some other veterans, and we were discussing it. They asked me if we would look into it. Some have a pretty tough situation, and this might enlighten their life."
Marshall County has a long history of military action including being the theater of raids by federal troops during the War Between the States, according to the county's website.