My name is Mark Baird. I am the founder of HirePatriots.com. I write about everything that helps US veterans, the organizations that support them, and US small businesses.
Free Parking for US Veterans
One of the writers in my upcoming book: An American Crisis: Veterans' Unemployment is Seldom Graham, a WW II veteran. Yes, he is getting up there in years. But he is a veteran activist and his mind is still as sharp as a tack. He has been pushing for legislation in Texas for free public parking for cars with military and veteran licence plates.
Texas House Bill No. 1514 is to add World War II military license plates (Government Code Section 504.310 license plates) to the list of military license plates "exempt from the payment of a parking fee collected through a parking meter charged by a governmental authority other than a branch of the federal government." Military plates such as Medal of Honor, DSC, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Disabled Veteran, POW, etc. are already on the exempt list. There are just not that many WWII veterans around who are still driving cars. Actually, I am entitled to be issued one of the currently exempt license plates, but I had much rather have my World War II Veteran license plates, which I have had on my car for years.
A companion effort is underway for veteran organizations to ask mall operators and others with free parking lots to erect a sign which says "Reserved for Military License Plates" to honor veterans by providing a parking space near the entrance. This, of course, does not require legislation. It would include Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan War license plates which are not exempt from parking fees. The source for making these parking space signs is texsign.com. Twelve (12) signs for $150 plus approximately $14 for shipping.
Post Script: Let me applaud one of HirePatriots members, PMI Parking (Parking Management Inc.). They employ US veterans. And as I was searching for a picture for this blog I discovered that they are way ahead of me. They are already providing free parking for veterans. Please visit their HirePatriots site: http://www.hirepatriots.com/member-directory/member-businesses/pmi