Profits from specialty license plate to be donated to state Michigan Veterans Trust Fund

LANSING, Mich. – Today Sen. Vincent Gregory (D–Lathrup Village), a U.S. Marine Corps. Corporal and Vietnam War veteran, introduced a bill that would create a fundraising license plate recognizing the sacrifice that servicewomen have made in the line of duty.

“Michigan boasts a growing number of female veterans,” Sen. Gregory said. “More than 46,000 women vets already call our state home, and that number is continuing to multiply as women now comprise nearly 20 percent of new military recruits.”

Senate Bill 268 would create a fundraising plate for women veterans that can be purchased by Michigan motorists at the Secretary of State’s office. The profits from the purchase of this plate would go toward the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 23 states and Puerto Rico have enacted legislation to establish a female veteran program, designate a commemorative day or month or provide for special license plates.

“From the Revolutionary War to the Iraq War, women have been an integral part of our military might, and it’s about time we recognize those sacrifices,” Sen. Gregory said.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation.