Osceola county has now created designated parking spaces as a way to honor wounded veterans.
The County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. said, “It’s important to take care of our wounded warriors, who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms.
The signs that read "combat Wounded" and have a Purple Heart medal symbol on them have been place at the Beaumont complex where the county’s office for veterans is located.
More signs will be placed in the courthouse, government center and other properties.
The board agreed to put up the signs after the idea was pitched to Hawkins by a resident, Peter Olivo, who served in Vietnam where he lost both his legs.
Commissioner Hawkins said, "this is one small way to show our gratitude.”
The Wounded Warriors Family Support project, which provides the signs for free, is happy to help the over 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients.
“It is just something to say thank you,” Olivo said. “When I shed blood for my country it made me feel proud. I would do it all over again. I lost both my legs but I gained a whole country. It is a great for me to see these things go up. To me it’s a very, very big thank you.”