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New Disabled Veterans' License Plate to be Presented
(ANCHORAGE) - The New Year brings a new look for Alaska's Disabled Veterans' vehicles. Thanks to the efforts of Rep. Lesil McGuire, (R-Anchorage) beginning January 2, disabled veterans will have a distinctive red, white and blue license plate showing their service to Alaska and the Nation.
Rep. McGuire sponsored HB 438 during the second session of the 22nd Alaska Legislature authorizing the new plates and reducing the qualifying requirements from 70 percent disability to 50 percent. Veterans that qualify will receive the disabled veterans registration and license plates free of charge. McGuire says this will allow for more of Alaskans veterans to have this honor bestowed upon them.
Calling it a truly joint effort between the Disabled Veterans of Alaska, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the unanimous support of the Legislature, McGuire says this new license plate is a victory many years in the making.
"It was a personal honor for me to be a part of recognizing and honoring Alaska's disabled veterans with the creation of this special license plate," said McGuire. "We are now ready to present the first plate to a deserving disabled veteran."
The presentation will take place at 11 am on Thursday, December 26, at the Anchorage Division of Motor Vehicles Office, 3300 B. Fairbanks St.
Rep. McGuire will be in attendance at the presentation ceremony and will be joined by Chuck Hosack, Deputy Director Department of Motor Vehicles, as well as members of the Alaska Disabled Veterans of America.
"These license plates are both an important symbol of our appreciation and a real, if modest, financial benefit to our disabled veterans," said McGuire. "Those who took time from their life as private citizens to serve our country in uniform, and who suffered permanent disability or injury as a result, deserve the recognition and thanks of all Alaskans."
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