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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