People across the country are mobilizing to honor wounded veterans in a special new way.

Armed with purple paint and rollers, volunteers are increasingly going to work to help designate pre-arranged parking spaces for men and women who were injured in combat.

The program was introduced by the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization, which hands out free parking signs to any establishment that wants them.


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Local stores, churches, schools and public facilities have asked to put up purple signs of their own, paving way for a trend now “stretching from coast to coast,” said the group on its website.

"There are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients, combat wounded service members who have transitioned back into civilian life," the group says.

Volunteers have included everyone from eighth graders to other veterans paying their respects.

One veteran, Bobby Woody, said he was walking out of a store on Friday and was almost “at a loss for words.”

“I was so grateful,” he told The Military Honor of the Purple Heart.

Users on social media responded by hailing the special tribute, calling it a small way to give thanks to the nation’s veterans.

“Priorities well placed!” wrote one user. “Even if the spot is empty, a good reminder for those who walk by.”


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