Recently my 18 year old son who is now an active duty member of the U.S. Coast Guard was traveling across the country enroute to his new duty station. Late one evening he stopped at a Hampton Inn in Illinois after a long day of driving. When he attempted to checking in, he was turned away by the manager for being too young to register for a room. He showed them his military ID and orders and explained that he was traveling to his new unit, but he was still shown the door and had to find another hotel.
I have been attempting for several weeks to get the Hilton Corp to answer why they would turn away a young military member, but all they do is thank me for bringing the matter to their attention but will not discuss it. I do not understand their rules where young americans can volunteer to serve their country and go into harm's way, but can't be trusted or allowed to get a night's sleep. He wasn't even asking for reduced rates, just a room.
I hope that everyone will consider during their travels not using any of the hotels in the Hilton line;
Hilton Garden Inn
Until such a time as they change their anti-military guests policies we should all boycott their hotels. After all there are enough other worthy hotels out there to choose from. If you have any questions on this please feel free to contact me.
CMC Bruce Bradley
bruce.bradley AT uscg.mil