WVUP unveils a Purple Heart parking space on campus

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP)- A new designation has highlighted a local college's mission to help out veterans.

Today West Virginia University at Parkersburg officially became a Purple Heart college.

It also unveiled a Purple Heart parking space on the campus.

School officials say it's the first community and technical college in West Virginia to have that type of parking space.

There are also around 50 colleges and universities nationwide that offer a reserved parking space for Purple Heart Veterans.

They say the designation allows them to honor all armed forces and show their appreciation.

Kurt Klettner, Director of Student Support Services, talks about the importance of becoming a Purple Heart college and what it means to the college and veterans. "It just adds honor to that which they earned as part of the process of having been wounded in the course of battle. As part of that, by honoring our veterans, it is just one more step that we are taking; to take the men and women that have served, and served with honor and served also with having a wound, we are giving them that extra respect that they deserve."

Among those in attendance at the unveiling was the school's president, Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, and Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Charles Baisden.

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