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Board creates reserved parking for wounded vets at county building


Last updated 9/15/2018 at 10:41am

RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors ordered that a parking stall at the Riverside County Administrative Center be reserved for use by former and active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been awarded Purple Hearts, with the ultimate goal of designating spaces for recipients at all county facilities.

"This is to honor our combat wounded with a special parking place,'' Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said. "As we remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks today, we should remember the sacrifices our Purple Heart recipients have made in wars.''

Perez and Supervisor Kevin Jeffries joined in submitting the new parking designation policy, which was approved 4-0, with Supervisor John Tavaglione absent.

"I was surprised to learn we hadn't been doing this for veterans,'' said Supervisor Chuck Washington, who is a former naval aviator.

He noted that the Temecula City Council, on which he served prior to being appointed Third District supervisor, enacted a policy in 2013 that set aside parking stalls at municipal facilities for Purple Heart recipients.

In 2015, the Promenade Mall in Temecula also reserved five purple-painted stalls for recipients.

Under the county directive, the Economic Development Agency will place signage at one parking stall close to the entrance of the downtown Riverside admin building, indicating that it is specifically reserved for vets with Purple Heart license plates, which have been available in California since the Vietnam War era and carry the two-letter identifier "PH.''

Jeffries and Perez wrote in their joint submission that all "county-owned or leased facilities ... should have a combat wounded reserved parking space.''

The goal is to have the spaces established by Veterans Day 2019.

According to the supervisors, federal statistics indicate there are an estimated 1.8 million servicemen and women who have received Purple Hearts, a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the president to those wounded or killed while serving in the Armed Forces.

According to Jeffries and Perez, the nonprofit Wounded Warriors Family Support organization will be donating the required signage for the county to install at the designated Purple Heart parking space.


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