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Jul 24, 2015 3:34 PM

Dover considers free parking for certain military veterans


DOVER — Certain U.S. military veterans could get free parking in the city under a proposal endorsed by the parking commission.

According to Foster's Daily Democrat, veterans with license plates showing they earned a Purple Heart, served during the Pearl Harbor attack and those who were held as prisoners of war would not have to feed the parking meters. Owners of those vehicles would still need to abide by three-hour time limits and other parking regulations.

"I think it's great that Dover does this. It shows that Dover is a pro vets city. I'd rather the city address issues like PTSD, veteran unemployment and health care issues," said Rick Sullivan, a veteran Marine.

Dover’s veteran parking proposal is similar to one already in place in Portsmouth. However, the exemption in that city applies to all vehicles with veteran plates.

The proposal has yet to go before the City Council.

Councilor John O'Connor, who served 30 years in the Army, told Fosters he fully supports the proposal.

"It would be nice to do for all vets, but there are so many, and we might want to recognize those who are a little more distinguished," he said. "It's just a small token of appreciation and recognition for everything they have done in the service."


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