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Idaho business apologizes to veteran after viral Facebook post

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PRIEST LAKE, Idaho -

An Army veteran's post has gone viral after he said he was denied service at a bar and restaurant in Priest Lake, Idaho.

The post has been shared thousands of times on Facebook. In the post Scott Yochum writes that a bartender would not serve him because he had a dog with him. That dog was a service dog.

"We were really just hoping to have a bite to eat and he said 'I refuse to serve you,' Yochum said.

It was an encounter the disabled veteran said stung like nothing he's ever felt before. He and his beloved dog Lady were kicked out of a business he says his family has supported for years.

"I felt terrible. I've never felt like a second class citizen before."

Wednesday, KHQ spoke with Nordman's owner Ben Votava who immediately expressed interest in apologizing for what he describes as a "miscommunication."

We set up an opportunity for him to do just that.

"I just wanted to let you know I'm accepting full responsibility for my whole end," Votava said by phone. "I wanted to tell you I appreciate veterans... No words to express how much I appreciate people like you."

"It's a big show of character to come out and say you did something wrong. I fully accept your apology," Yochum told Votava.

Now the two men have plans to meet up, shake hands, have a beer and put the whole thing behind them.

Wednesday evening, Yochum updated his viral post:

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