The Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved Commissioner Georgia Hiller’s proposal to participate in the Combat Wounded Parking Sign Program at county facilities.
There are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients, combat wounded service members who have transitioned back into civilian life. Because of amazing advancements in battlefield medicine and the widespread use of body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving what would otherwise be fatal wounds.
Under the Board’s direction, the County’s Facilities Division will conduct a pilot program and install these signs at the Collier County Government Center, the North Collier Government Center, the South Regional Library, the Naples Regional Library and the Collier County Library’s headquarters.
The Wounded Warriors Family Support, a charitable organization serving veterans nationwide, provides free courtesy parking signs displaying the Purple Heart. Typically, the space with the sign is also painted purple.
“I am grateful that my fellow commissioners joined me in recognizing these military veterans who have given their community and their country so much,” said Commissioner Georgia Hiller. “This is one small way that the county can show its appreciation for our combat wounded veterans by reserving a parking space for them.”
Hiller hoped local businesses and others would follow the county’s lead.
“Companies with a conscience will do things for the right reason. … We just need to set the example,” she said.
It is not the intent to replace existing Americans with Disabilities Act spaces, but rather designate a place of honor for these service men and women.
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield at (239) 252-8383.