HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg restaurant is doing something a little extra for some special veterans.
McAlister's Deli on Sheffield Loop has created a new parking spot reserved just for Purple Heart recipients.
The medal is awarded to those veterans wounded while serving in combat.
On Wednesday, employees began painting the spot near the front entrance. They hope to finish by Thursday.
A donated reserved parking sign from the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization will also be added.
"We just wanted to give back to the military personnel, active veterans, and show them that we do appreciate them, the things they do for our country," said Matt Jones, general manager of McAlister's.
Jones said he thinks his McAlister's is the first in the state to offer the combat wounded reserved parking.