When a 75-year-old Army vet hung a flag on the fence outside of a Los Angeles Veterans Administration facility, it caused a bit of an uproar. Bob Rosebrock’s actions were technically illegal, as he didn’t have permission to hang the flag where he did. He was even charged with a federal misdemeanor. And now he’s learned his fate.
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Rosebrock had been at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs facility during a protest of the VA’s treatment of homeless veterans. He hung the flag on their fence, not aware it was illegal. The VA has strict rules against anyone posting “placards” on VA property, unless they have received advanced permission.
Rosebrock had not. Robert Sticht, the attorney representing Rosebrock, was on “Fox & Friends” this Thursday.
Rosebrock, who served in the Army from 1965 to 1967, didn’t mean any harm by displaying the flag. “I just wanted to display [the flag] in honor of all the veterans who have served our country over the last 240 years and also in honor of of veterans who are inside that VA trying to heal from defending the American flag,” he said.
He says it was a tradition that has been going on for years. He and his fellow vets have been hanging flags to remind the VA of their responsibilities to the country’s veterans.
But on Memorial Day in 2016 a VA police officer cited him for it. While it wasn’t an arrest, exactly, Rosebrock still ended up in court defending his actions.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim found Rosebrock not guilty. Had he been convicted, Rosenbrock could have faced up to six months in prison.
“When we went to trial Tuesday, the government couldn’t really even make its case,” Sticht said. Though Rosenbrock was cited, the VA couldn’t prove that he’d been the one to hang the flags.
So is this episode over? Has Rosebrock learned a lesson from this? He has. The flag has meaning. He says he won’t stop displaying the flag, even when protesting outside of the VA.
“It would be so anti-American not to,” he said. “In the military, we defend that American flag. And if we don’t have that freedom, then we don’t have America anymore.”