Veterans parking

BETTER ACCESS — Palmdale Maintenance Specialist Edwin Pizano unveils the new combat wounded dedication parking sign at City Hall. Looking on are, left to right, Jack Woolbert and Jodie Kyman representing AV Vets for Veterans, Palmdale City Manager James Purtee, Assistant City Manager J.J. Murphy, Mayor-elect Steve Hofbauer and Councilmember Austin Bishop.

PALMDALE — Veterans wounded in combat will have designated parking spots in the city, thanks to the city’s participation in a national program through Wounded Warriors Family Support.

City officials unveiled the first of 20 such reserved spots, each marked by a sign bearing a Purple Heart medal, at City Hall on Thursday.

Palmdale joined the program at the request of AV Vets for Veterans, who originally approached Assistant City Manager J.J. Murphy, him­self an Air Force veteran.

Murphy led the city’s effort to take part in the program.

“My dad’s a wounded veteran from Korea, my uncle was wounded in Viet­nam and my cousin was wounded in Kosovo, so I’ve personally seen the toll it can take on people,” City Man­ag­er James Purtee said. “We will be installing these parking spots in mul­tip­le locations. It’s hap­pen­ing all across the country and we’re proud that Palm­dale is a part of it.”

Joining Purtee and Mur­phy to unveil the first sign were AV Vets for Veterans members Jack Woolbert and Jodie Kyman, mayor-elect Steve Hofbauer and Councilman Austin Bishop.

“When you see someone park­ing in one of these spots, go up to them, shake their hand and thank them,” Hofbauer said.

According to the Wound­ed Warriors Family Sup­port’s website, www.wwfs.org, there are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients, combat wound­ed service members who have transitioned back into civilian life.

Because their great sac­ri­fices to ensure our freedoms often go un­rec­og­nized, Wounded War­riors Family Support’s foun­der, Colonel John Fol­som, decided to change that. Wounded Warriors Fam­ily Support offers Com­bat Wounded Parking Signs, free of charge, to estab­lish­ments as a way of honoring and recognizing these veterans.

The response has been tre­men­dous, stretching from coast to coast. The signs have been placed in the parking lots of bus­inesses, churches, schools and colleges, government and medical facilities.

For details about Combat Wounded Parking Signs, visit www.wwfs.org or call Erin Colson of Wounded Warriors Family Support at (402) 932-7036.

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