The reason behind those purple parking spots

These purple parking spaces in Denver are part of a larger national movement. 

KUSA - We've all seen handicap parking spaces, marked in blue, but what about parking spaces that are painted purple?

We found some of these designated spots outside of the Horan & McConaty funeral homes at their various locations around Denver. It turns out, they're actually part of a larger national movement. 

There's an organization called Wounded Warriors Family Support, and they started what's called the Combat Parking program. 

Basically, the organization pairs up with businesses and gives them the signs for the designated spots for wounded veterans -- the rest is left up to the business.

John J. Horan, the president of Horan and McConaty in the Denver metro area, says the need to honor veterans is personal for him. 

"Since the Civil War, my family has served in the United States Military, it's entirely appropriate to honor those who have served this country," Horan said.  

According to Wounded Warriors Family Support, the signs have been put in parking lots across the country. The organization says there are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients - combat wounded service members who have transitioned back into civilian life. 

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