HARRISBURG – A new law will allow veterans who earned certain honors to proudly display their awards by way of specialty license plates offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, according to State Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill).
Act 103 of 2012 allows for military veterans who earned certain achievement, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Bronze Star for Valor, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Cross and Air Force Cross, to obtain a specialty license plate honoring their award.
Argall, who sponsored the Senate version, Senate Bill 468, of the legislation, said the bill is a fitting tribute to those who earned these designations.
"We cannot thank enough the brave men and women who serve in uniform," said Argall. "They have committed their lives to our nation, and in doing so, have achieved various accolades. These new license plates are another way for our great veterans to proudly display their achievements."
Argall stated that he introduced the legislation on behalf of local veterans, including Deer Lake Borough Mayor Michael Cooper.
Veterans who are interested in obtaining these specialty plates can visit PennDOTs website, or call Sen. Argall's office at 1-877-DARGALL (327-4255) for more information.
"Members of our armed forces who have received these medals have proven their commitment to their fellow service men and women and to protecting our freedom under the worst of circumstances," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said of the new law.
"PennDOT is proud to recognize them once more and give them an opportunity to publicly display their distinguished honors."
PennDOT's new series of plates offers a design exhibiting one of the following military decorations: Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor and Bronze Star.
Veterans and military personnel interested in these new plates can visit PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us , and select the "Military License Plates" link under the "Military Personnel/Veterans" Information Center for a complete listing of available military license plates.
The page provides images of each plate and links to the appropriate application form.
In addition to these plates, PennDOT's Specialty Plate Program offers a variety of license plates including those honoring individuals who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and in major conflicts from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom.
The majority of military license plates can be requested by filling out Form MV-150, "Application for U.S. Military Veteran Registration Plate," which also contains instructions for applying for the plates and the respective fees.
Specialty license plates are also offered for active-duty and reserve military personnel and members of service-related organizations. A link to the listing of these license plates is also on the Military License Plates Web page, and applications must be requested through the approved organization's local representative.