Carol House Furniture starts reserving parking spots for wounded warriors

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VALLEY PARK, MO (KPLR) - A first of its kind parking spot for St. Louis:  a purple parking spot.

It's purple for a reason and the reason is the story.

Carol House Furniture has offered discounts for veterans for a long time.  Owner, Brook Dubman, wants to do more.  He hopes one small thing turns into something big.

There may truly not be enough time in the day to thank those who make our way of life and businesses like Dubman’s possible.  But there are certainly enough parking spots.

“I think most of us have a really, really, big heart for warriors who’ve gotten wounded in combat trying to protect us and our country.  That’s what this is for,” Dubman said of the new purple spot outside the Valley Park store.  “This is a wounded warrior’s parking spot.”

An Army and Marine veteran who work for Carol House just turned the best of the 120 spots outside the store purple; reserving it solely for customers wounded while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

One of the painters was still a little purple under the nails Wednesday, but proudly so.

“It was kind of bittersweet myself and randy getting to paint the spot because we’re both veterans,” said Marine veteran, Don Hessler.  “I thought it was a good idea, Brook coming up with it…hopefully somebody else does it and it catches on.”

“I think the veterans really appreciate that, once they realize it’s for them,” said Army veteran, Randy Heddy, who painted the parking spot with Hessler.

A sign from the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization marks the spot, which the honored customers should have no trouble finding.

Dubman knows it’s hardly enough but it’s a first step:  a big purple one.

“Our other store (in Maryland Heights) will have one probably today or tomorrow,” he said.

The color comes from the Purple Heart medal awarded to wounded veterans.

The idea came from Warren, Ohio, where leaders are designating a purple parking spot in front of every city building.