Finding a parking spot can be a hassle for anyone, but for so many of the injured soldiers returning home to face a life of new obstacles, parking close to shops and offices shouldn’t be one. Nick Steward, a councilman in Clarksville, Tennessee, is hoping to change that with a proposal that the community designate 30 special parking spots for wounded veterans in public city lots.
Local veteran, Scott Schroeder, is a double amputee after losing both of his legs during an IED explosion in Afghanistan. He now uses prosthetic legs, drives with solely his hands and is learning how to regain the independence lost with injury. His wife Laura explains how helpful the new law would be for wounded veterans like Scott.
“The whole idea of making mobility easy for the wounded is a good thing and anything that will give their independence and power back is important.”
Some have argued against the initiative saying there are already handicap spots in all parking lots, however, veterans like Schroeder don’t want to abuse those spots knowing there are already so many disabled and elderly who rely on them.
Having specific parking for veterans would also be seen as a sign of gratitude, one that the soldiers would graciously accept. Schroeder’s wife explained, “To simply have a designated parking space makes things easier coming and going, but the gesture that the community acknowledges what the guys have done.”
Schroeder then added, “I would use it. Even though sometimes I feel like maybe there is a wounded warrior who needs it more than I do, but yeah I would use it.”
Steward will formally propose the ordinance on Thursday evening and hopes to have a council decision reached shortly thereafter.