Camden County Thanks Veterans in a Special Way

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BLACKWOOD, N.J. -

The Camden County Freeholders and representatives from Camden County College unveiled their first parking spot, marked and saved for Purple Heart Veterans.

As a way to thank them for their service and sacrifice, the college has found a way to make it easier for those vets to move around in public places.
Thanks to a partnership between Camden County College and the Camden County Freeholders, a new parking spot saved for Purple Heart Veterans has been unveiled. The college has between 300 to 400 veteran students, and according to the President, has been selected as a top school for those who have served.

“We’re excited about it, we’re happy about it, but to some extent, it’s just business as usual for us,” Donald Borden, Camden County College President.

Borden says thanks to a partnership with Cooper University Health Care, on-campus veterans also have an opportunity to receive mental health counseling as they continue to transition back into society.

“Just another step in a process to really open our arms and be a safe harbor for those individuals who have served our country,” said Borden.

Freeholder Bill Moen says he got the idea for the parking spot after an old friend brought the idea up to him, over Facebook. This friend happened to be a Purple Heart veteran, Sarmukh Singh, and is continuing to serve his community as a Sheriff’s Officer for the county.

“For me, it was sentimental to see two or three Purple Heart veterans here to stand there and look at it, and know that this is for them,” said Moen.

More of these signs have been installed above special front row parking spots at county libraries and government offices. The Freeholder says they want to make sure that there is an available parking space for them.

“If there are purple heart recipients that need more spots, we’ve got a line of them here and other folks can park somewhere else,” said Borden.

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