Senator Crowe and Rep. Ford receive approval of veteran’s legislation to help “wounded warriors” from sale of special license plates

Contact:  Darlene Schlicher (615) 741-6336 or email:  [email protected]

 (NASHVILLE, TN), March 16, 2010 – Tennessee’s “wounded warriors” could receive help with the cost of rehabilitation, readjustment and treatment  under legislation sponsored by State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) and Representative Dale Ford (R-Jonesborough) which was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee today.  The bill authorizes creation of a specialty “Volunteer Wounded Warriors” license plate that could be purchased by Tennessee drivers upon registration of their vehicle with proceeds going to help defray the cost of treating veterans.

“This license plate not only provides assistance for our wounded veterans, it also expresses our appreciation for their service in protecting our freedoms,” said Senator Crowe.  “These specialty plates will serve as a constant reminder to those who travel on our roads that we appreciate the service of those brave men and women wounded in service of our state and nation.”

The bill, Senate Bill 3416, would give first priority to providing assistance to members of the Tennessee National Guard wounded in conflicts in federal service and then to all other disabled veterans in the Armed Services.  Any remaining funds could be used for other honorably discharged veterans.  The license plates will be designed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and if approved, could be ready for sale as soon as this summer.

“These license plates show our pride for the sacrifices of those who put love of country over the risk to their own lives,” Ford added.  “I am very pleased that it is moving forward in our legislative process towards passage.”

The State of Tennessee offers more than 90 specialty license plates for Tennessee motorists to display on their registered motor vehicles. These plates represent colleges and universities, special interest organizations, professional organizations and other topics. Most of these plates are readily available at the local county clerk’s office.

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