The Home Depot just added special Purple Heart parking spaces at stores in 43 different states. Hundreds of the home improvement stores chose to participate in the new effort to recognize wounded military members.
Donned with purple signs, purple squares or purple lines, these parking spaces are premium real estate. They sit right next to handicapped spots.
The whole idea started with retired Marine Reserve Col. John Folsom. The veteran runs an organization called Wounded Warriors Family Support. The aid charity does what it can to bring awareness to wounded veterans. Even if it just means provided good parking spots.
Home Depot district manager John Tuten told Fox News the store wanted to reach out to the community with the charity. “We at The Home Depot are thankful for all of those who have served our great country,” Tuten says.
Wounded Warriors Family Support provides the signs to companies free of charge. And because the stores also control their parking lots, they get to choose how to divvy up the spaces. Each participating store has three spots available for veterans wounded in combat.
And customers take note of the unmistakable signs. In fact, according to Tuten, many take it upon themselves to add to them. “Customers have been decorating our signs with American flags, flowers and notes,” he says.
It’s such a simple gesture, but such an important one. Many Purple Heart recipients show their pride on their vehicles and license plates. But stores like The Home Depot stepping up to offer a bit more are doing the right thing.