Plates for PA Veterans
July 3, 2014
– The state legislature gave final approval today to legislation sponsored by
Senator David G. Argall (R-29) creating new specialty license plates honoring
the exceptional military service of Pennsylvania residents.
Bill 1187 provides for a number of new license plates designed to honor the
service of Pennsylvania veterans. The bill was originally intended to create
license plates for Army veterans who earned the Combat Infantry Badge during
their tour of duty. The measure was suggested by Berks County Vietnam veteran
would like to thank Senator Argall for his efforts to honor my fellow veterans
by introducing legislation to establish a Combat Infantry Badge license plate,”
heroes like Joe Soga deserve to be recognized for their achievements,” Argall
said. “I’m pleased to see the General Assembly act in a bipartisan manner to
provide for new license plates honoring the achievements of those who put on
the uniform to serve our nation.”
addition to the new plate honoring Combat Infantry Badge recipients, the bill
was amended in the Senate and House to provide for other license plates
honoring military service. Specifically, servicemen and women earning the
Combat Action Ribbon (Marines, Navy and Coast Guard), Combat Action Badge (Air
Force), Combat Action Medal (Army) and Combat Medical Badge (Army medics) will
be able to show their achievements on their Pennsylvania-registered automobile.
legislation also expands eligibility for Merchant Marines plates for those who
served during the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, Operation Desert Storm,
Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Desert Shield.
other specialty plates are included in the legislation, including a new
“Pennsylvania Monuments” license plate that will provide funding for
restoration projects in Gettysburg National Military Park. Additional specialty
plates will include an “In God We Trust” plate and a “United States Olympic”
plate, with proceeds of the latter assisting the amateur athletes from
Pennsylvania advance to the Olympic Games. The proposal also includes the
creation of new Hunting Heritage plates to fund conservation, youth hunting and
game donation programs.
legislation was approved by the House of Representatives on Friday, with the
Senate signing off on the new plates today. The bill heads to the governor’s
desk for his signature.