Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Parker Space that authorizes a special license plate for veterans who are honorably discharged won approval from the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today. Under the bill, A-1485, the plate will identify the registrant as a veteran and designate, by name and insignia, the branch of the military in which the veteran served.
“This special plate honors those who served our country in defense of freedom,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “A visible display honoring their valor lets the public recognize and thank veterans for their dedication. The sacrifices made by these brave men and women are the reason we continue to enjoy the liberties we hold so dear. We owe all of them a debt of gratitude.”
According to veterans’ organizations, New Jersey is the only state which does not offer special license plates for those who have honorably served their country.
“The liberty we enjoy is because of the veterans who answered the call to serve,” said Space, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “Anyone who puts his or her life at risk deserves our appreciation. A special license plate is a prominent way to acknowledge and respect those who defend our country.”
“I am heartened this legislation has finally moved,” commented Ernie Maso, who is the commander of American Legion Post 528 in White Twp. and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. “For too long New Jersey has been the only state that does not have a license plate available to any honorably discharged veteran. This needs to be rectified now and this legislation does just that.”