Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Ruck, a retired Marine wounded in Afghanistan in an IED explosion Jan. 22, 2009, knows that Clermont County’s commitment to veterans runs deep.
So when Ruck stumbled onto a Purple Heart Parking Facebook page, he thought this was something county government and businesses might commit to, meaning ordering the signs and assigning a parking spot to wounded warriors.
The Purple Heart, the nation’s oldest military decoration still given, is awarded to those who have been injured or killed in battle.
Clermont County has installed the Purple Heart parking signs in the lots of several buildings, including the Administration Building, Municipal Court, the Clermont Family Support Center, and the Heritage Building, which houses the Board of Elections and Veterans Service Commission.
Ruck, 26, of Amelia, served as an infantryman with the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines, Weapons Company, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon. A pressure plate IED exploded under his vehicle that day, and he suffered shrapnel wounds to both legs, his right arm and above his right eye. His left leg and wrist were burned. He broke his tailbone and lower back, and he suffered brain scarring from the blast itself. After several months of treatment in-country, he had additional treatment in the United States, followed by years of physical therapy and rehab.