ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Veterans in Roswell are not happy.
The hit A&E show Shipping Wars featured a Roswell veteran’s cemetery Tuesday,
Veterans say they thought it was going to honor those who have died for our country.
Instead, they say it was a slap in the face.
Veterans say the episode was nothing but one rude comment after another all attacking the town and its well-known alien fixation.
“Their whole deal was aliens, aliens, aliens and they made Roswell look really dumb,” said Veteran Bert Eldridge.
In May, the network show filmed one of its professional haulers as he delivered one of two cremation walls to the cemetery.
“We worked for weeks lining up the bikers, all the people to come and speak and the cranes and everything,” said Eldridge.
But Tuesday, when the episode aired very little of that hard work made the cut.
In fact, only about a minute of the show focused on the veterans.
“They just made the whole thing a farce. It was just crap I tell you,” said Eldridge.
Eldridge says he and several others signed contracts with the network stating they wouldn’t incorporate any alien business into their episode.
“We made it very clear that we didn’t want any of that goofy stuff,” he said. “We wanted to do a show that was honorable and they promised us they would and done the exact opposite.”
Roswell veterans say they’ve gotten complaints from veterans all over the country saying they were very disappointed in the show’s portrayal of the people who have served.
They say they’ve tried to contact A&E about the episode, but haven’t heard back.
KRQE News 13 also contacted the network and are still waiting for a response.