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Purple signs that designate parking spaces for wounded veterans have recently sprouted in Temecula's public parking lots.

The city launched the campaign to honor Purple Heart recipients on June 21 by putting up signs at recreation facilities and other city-owned property. The signs are also being offered to businesses for $108, the cost to make each sign (post not included).

The signs don’t displace existing ADA parking spots.

“We have a wounded veteran who lives in town,” said Greg Butler, the director of public works. “He was a recipient of a home from [the] Gary Sinise [foundation], and came forward with the request asking if we’d deploy the signs, and we supported it wholeheartedly.”

It was retired 28-year-old Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez, a Purple Heart recipient, who proposed the parking-spot idea to the Temecula City Council in March.

Dominguez lost both legs and his right arm in late 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. He has become well known and loved in Temecula, and in 2012 the city declared February 14 “We Love Juan Dominguez Day.”

The application form for the sign is available at the city’s website.

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FatCatSegat June 30, 2013 @ 10:45 a.m.

Good job Temecula! Seems we tend to forget the heroes that walk and live among us. Something to look into here in San Diego.

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Visduh June 30, 2013 @ 3:05 p.m.

Without being a wet blanket here, there will be a matter of enforcement, and it is not clear just how anyone can prove he/she has that medal. If they go to the trouble to get the PH license plate for any/all vehicles, that would probably do the job. But what if a person just decides to use the space for "just a minute?" That happens all the time with the handicapped spots, but a citation for parking in one if you don't have the plate or placard proves quite costly. These reserved spaces have no force of law behind them. Sadly, they will be abused.

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Javajoe25 July 1, 2013 @ 2:17 p.m.

This is an interesting idea. I think it is particularly generous considering the wounded vet already has access to a "disabled" parking spot, but to give further recognition as to how the person became disabled is to be commended. But I don't think it should stop there.

There may be many others who while not so unfortunate as to get wounded while serving their country, did serve just the same, and they deserve recognition too. So, I suggest we establish green-sign parking spaces. Maybe a deep OD green for those who served overseas and an added red stripe for those who served in a combat zone and a plain green for those who may not have been assigned to a war zone.

Naturally, to give proper recognition to all who served and the capacity in which they served we could have blue stripe for Air Force, solid blue for Navy, maybe red and green for Marines and so on with appropriate markings on all the reserved spaces.

Once this is done we can then establish special lines at the supermarkets and banks for veterans and active duty service personnel. I also think it would only be right to waive all required permits, etc., for parties, family gatherings, and any other group events a veteran and/or their family might want to hold at the parks, beaches, and such. Additionally, there should be discounts, as well as priority parking and seating at all restaurants and theaters, of course.

Lastly, I think it would then be appropriate to have all civilian personnel salute whenever they encounter uniformed servicemen and women. Then, I think we will have finally arrived at where some would like us to be.

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Visduh July 2, 2013 @ 8:58 p.m.

Gee, Joe, who pulled your string? We veterans are inured to being ignored now as we were when we served. Today the service members get a smidgeon of recognition here and there, on a hit and miss basis. I'm not sure that any of your little tirade was more than satyric. Oh, your color-code scheme didn't mention the Army, largest of the various services.

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Javajoe25 July 3, 2013 @ 10:10 a.m.

Oops. Can't believe I left out my alma mater, the Army.

You may feel Vets don't get much recognition, Vis, but to my eye, it's gone totally overboard. It is probably just because I live here in SD and this place is a living shrine to veterans, but having served, I know a green scam when I see one.

I mean, where are you going to find another job that pays decent; gives full medical, dental, optical w/ no co-pay, no deductibles, for you and your family; pays extra for housing; extra for clothing; extra for moving; gives you a raise just for continuing to breathe; 30 days vacation a year plus all holidays; if you get hurt on the job you get free medical for life? And then when you get out after a few years service, you have access to discounted loans, home buying assistance and all sorts of benefits for life? Where are you going to find another job like that? Yea, I know; you can get killed, but the big bennies come with the big risk.

I'm just saying people go in knowing the risks; but they also know this job is going to give them benefits like nothing else they could do. So, when things turn out badly and they are harmed, we treat them like heroes, when in fact they are just people who took a dangerous job and got hurt in the process, maybe even killed. Keep in mind, there is no draft now. Everyone serving is doing so by choice. And we are far, far away from being in an honorable war.

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