He was fired for allegedly fighting with a co-worker.
But former Sgt. First Class Kyle Gibson says there’s more to the story and it’s found in a civil rights lawsuit filed against Admiral Beverage Corporation in Pleasant View.
“This is the bronze star, the meritorious service ribbon medal,” says Gibson as he points out the ribbons on his uniform he once wore.
Gibson fought in Iraq's Operation Enduring Freedom. There he sustained injuries to his arm, shoulder and an IED- bomb blast left him with hearing problems.
“I've always, always ever since growing up when I was a little kid, I wanted to serve my country," he says.
He served six years in the Marines. And when he returned to Utah he became a reservist with the Utah Army National Guard. He served four tours of duty.
“This is my country,” he says. “I am willing to fight for my country. I am willing to die for my country."
When Gibson came home from the Iraq war he returned to his job at Admiral Beverage Corporation which distributes Pepsi products. That's when he says his nightmare began.
"I basically was their entertainment," he says.
Gibson suffers from post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. He's jumpy whenever there's a sudden noise.
“They thought it was funny to blow up their empty chip bags and pop them so i could jump," he says.
When he reported it to supervisors Gibson claims nothing was done.
“I would report it to my supervisors but then I'd get the same response ‘just don't let it get to you, be a man, man up,’” he says.
But Gibson says the harassment continued. He was fired after an incident in lunch room. Gibson claims a worker ridiculed him. After a few strong words between the two, the worker allegedly put a knife near his private parts.
“I did a karate chop down knocked it away and I actually went to punch him and I just stopped.”
A week later, Admiral Beverage fired Gibson while the alleged bully kept his job.
“I couldn't understand it,” he says. “I tried to explain to them I was there fighting for their freedom but I was just their entertainment."
Admiral Beverage Corporation has its headquarters in Worland Wyoming. A spokesperson for the company says they are aware of the lawsuit but offered no comment.