Purple Parking Spots Are Great News For Veterans

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Purple parking spaces are starting to pop up in parking lots around the country — and that’s an amazing thing. Spearheaded by the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization, these parking spots are reserved for combat injured veterans.

Much like handicap parking spots, these purple-colored spots are for men and women who were injured while serving in combat for their country. While not officially reserved or protected, they do operate on the honor system. They don’t require any proof or paperwork. They are simply there to honor those who were wounded for our freedom — and the idea is spreading.

Businesses and government agencies are volunteering to designate spots in their parking lots for wounded veterans. By simply applying for the sign online, parking spots can be easily transformed with purple paint to make sure a combat wounded veteran is honored and welcomed with their own space.

This is another example of Americans stepping up to honor our veterans, especially those who were wounded or injured while serving.


Photo: Facebook/Military Order of the Purple Heart, USA -- A Lowe's employee begins painting a parking spot purple for combat wounded veterans.

Photo: Facebook/Military Order of the Purple Heart, USA — A Lowe’s employee begins painting a parking spot purple for combat wounded veterans.

Wounded Warriors Family Support “offers Combat Wounded Parking Signs, free of charge, to establishments as a way of honoring and recognizing these veterans,” according to their website.

The color of the parking spots — purple — comes from the Purple Heart medal given to combat wounded service members since 1932.

“There are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients, combat wounded service members who have transitioned back into civilian life,” says Wounded Warriors Family Support. “They have made great sacrifices to ensure our freedoms but often go unrecognized.”


Image: Facebook/Wounded Warriors Family Support -- The organization sends out these aluminum parking signs to designate the reserved spots.

Image: Facebook/Wounded Warriors Family Support — The organization sends out these aluminum parking signs to designate the reserved spots.

Along with small businesses, local government agencies, and libraries, some national retailers are starting to get in on the trend as well. Businesses including Lowe’s Home Improvement, The Home Depot, and Sam’s Club have already added the combat wounded veteran parking spots to some of their locations.

We at The Veterans Site hope to see this movement continue to grow and more purple combat wounded veteran parking spots appear around the country. Businesses can request the parking spot sign from Wounded Warriors Family Support.

Learn more by watching the amazing video below!

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Jacob H. is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who currently resides is West Michigan with his wife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys writing, photography, mountain climbing, and camping.