Kerry White’s father is a Vietnam War veteran. She also has a stepson in the military and she flies the American flag with pride. She feels like everyone should respect and support our troops but evidently her apartment complex doesn’t agree. Instead, they said flying the American flag was causing a problem. Not having any rules against flying a flag the complex became creative and pointed to a rule against using your patio for storage.
On June 1st, White came home and the flag was still flying but she found a letter from her apartment complex.
The notice said her lease agreement dictates that “storage” is not allowed on patios and balconies.
“I just didn’t understand what their problem was with having an American flag to support our troops,” White told the station. “It’s our country, support our country, support our troops, they go out and they fight for our country and they defend us, so why wouldn’t we want to fly an American flag to support them?”
WDAF said it tried getting answers from apartment management to no avail. First, a no comment. Then a promised call back that never came. Texts weren’t answered. Then a directive to contact the complex’s New York office, which also didn’t return a call, the station said.
White told WDAF she temporarily removed the flag because she didn’t want it disposed of and that she was considering hiring an attorney over the matter.
“How are you going to dispose of it?” White asked, the station said. “Are you gonna throw it in the trash?”
After this appeared on television, the apartment complex put out the following statement:
Cordillera Ranch Apartments shares Ms. White’s great pride and joins her in saluting our nation’s armed forces and the effort and sacrifices that they have made for our country. Please understand that management had no intention of removing and disposing the American flag. We regret that our response did not adequately or appropriately address the issue. We have spoken with Ms. White regarding how she can properly display her flag on her balcony in accordance with the terms of her lease. We regret the misunderstanding that occurred over this issue and trust that this statement will clarify Cordillera Ranch’s position.