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Clarification on disabled veteran parking Submitted: 07/11/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray


RHINELANDER - To the naked eye, most people think only people with disabilities can use handicap parking spots.

There's fine print on the sign that says veterans can use them as well, but an area veteran wants to know if that applies to all veterans or just the physically disabled.

Both Walmart and Golden Harvest in Rhinelander have the signs in their parking lot.

The manager at Walmart and the owner at Golden Harvest both say they had no idea it was there.

A Northwoods Iraq War Veteran first saw the sign at a movie theater in Wisconsin Rapids. He wasn't sure if he would get in legal trouble because of the wording.

"There was a bunch of different verbage for all of them," said Iraq War Veteran Benjamin Riker. "I was wondering if they actually meant what they said or if they just kind of assumed that if you're a vet, you're a disabled individual you can't walk or anything. I kind of just wanted to find out."

We reached out to the DOT in Madison. Their section chief says a veteran who is not disabled is NOT allowed to park in the spots. Only veterans who are disabled can park there.

"They are going to have to fill out the required application signed by a doctor stating that they are disabled," said Section Chief Megan Bergum. "They would be eligible for a disabled veteran's license plate or a disabled identification card. That would allow them to have the disabled parking privileges."

If you have the card, you must keep it on you or in the car.




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