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Veteran refused entry into Six Flags because of shirt gets apology

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A Marine veteran has received an apology after he says he was denied entry into a Six Flags theme park in New Jersey after being told that the shirt he was wearing would offend people.

Mario Alejandro, 33, had been given the shirt for Father's Day and he was attempting to take his family to Six Flags Great Adventure for a child's birthday party.

Proceeds from the Fourth of July-themed shirt go to the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports recon Marines and their families.

NJ.com reports Alejandro received a phone call from Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald. A spokeswoman for the park says it didn't realize Alejandro's shirt was related to a military charity.

Alejandro served four years in the Marines, including at the start of the Iraq war. He is classified as disabled because of hearing loss and PTSD.

Kristin B. Siebeneicher, a spokeswoman for Six Flags Great Adventure, when the issue first was publicized, said that the incident was "under review."

"Our goal is to maintain a fun, safe and family-friendly environment. Our dress code does not permit clothing with vulgar, offensive or violent language or images," she wrote. "If a guest is wearing such attire, we ask them to remove and replace it with another item of clothing; and if they do not have one, they are able to purchase a replacement item at a gift shop."

The Marine Reconnaissance Foundation has put the limited edition shirt back on sale for $24 because of the publicity surrounding the incident.

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