I wish more counties would honor their combat wounded veterans like this

Lee’s note: Manatee County, Florida is doing much more for their combat-wounded veterans than simply erecting some Purple Heart parking signs. I hope this catches on nationally.

Manatee County honors Purple Heart recipients, hosts Veterans seminars this month

New Purple Heart parking spots will be designated at many public buildings in Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 4, 2018) – Four Friday seminars for local veterans begin this week, and more than 50 new parking spots will be designated for Purple Heart recipients later this month as Manatee County Government honors the 40,000 veterans who call Manatee County home.

During a brief ceremony at 3 p.m. on April 18 at the Downtown Central Library, officials will dedicate the first of 53 designated parking spots for Purple Heart recipients. The parking spots will be located near the entrance of many County-owned public buildings. The signs are the result of a public-private partnership between the County and the Wounded Warrior’s Family Support Program, according to Veterans Services Manager Lee Washington.

“Wounded Warriors contributed nearly $2,200 for the new signs and our own Property Management Department is bearing a similar cost for new poles and installation,” Washington said. “The new signs are a simple but effective gesture to say ‘thank you’ to some of our most important veterans.”

County Commissioners next Tuesday will consider a proclamation declaring Manatee County as a Purple Heart County. Several of the estimated hundreds of local Purple Heart recipients are expected to attend Tuesday’sproclamation.

Manatee County Veteran Services counselors will host veterans benefits seminars every Friday in April. The seminars will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.in the Third Floor Conference Room of Manatee County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Coffee and snacks will be served at 10:30 a.m. before each seminar.

Seminar topics include: VA healthcare and proper filing of disability claims; veteran pensions; burial and survivor benefits; and an open forum on April 27 to cover education benefits, VA home loans and a summary of the prior seminar topics. Also on the 27th, community partners will share information on their veterans assistance programs.

The Purple Heart was the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier and is specifically awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States.

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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  1. Lee,

    How about this? While visiting friends in Canton, Ohio, I had to do some shopping (for a 12 volt adapter to charge my cell phone). When I went to Belden Village Mall, much to my surprise, I found nearly every row of the parking lot had, nearest the mall entrances, a “Purple Heart Recipient Only” parking spot.

    Florida very probably has more Purple Heart recipients, per capita, than any other state. Why can’t retailers provide some parking spots fro them?

    Green Grunt

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