New specialty license plate honors veterans

The latest Special Fund Pennsylvania License Plate allows buyers to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by veterans while making a monetary contribution to veterans in need.

The Honoring Our Veterans plate first became available in January and features an image of the American Flag and a bald eagle.

The license plate is available for passenger cars and light trucks through PennDOT for $35. Of that amount, $15 goes to the Veterans Trust Fund administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

“The funds will be used to support and assist Pennsylvania veterans and their families through grants to veterans service organizations and other charitable organizations,” a department release said.

Warren County Veterans Affairs Director Ed Burris, who is the vice chairman of the department, said the organization efficiently moves contributed dollars directly to veterans and their families in need.

“Patriotic-minded individuals frequently ask me how they can pay tribute to veterans or where they can donate a small amount of money that benefits veterans,” Brig. Gen. Mike Gould, the department’s deputy adjutant general for veterans affairs, said. “This new license plate is a great way to do just that.”

The plate is about honoring veterans, so there is no military service requirement. “You don’t need to be a veteran to get one of these plates,” Gould said.

The Honoring Our Veterans plate joins the Wild Resources Conservation (river otter), Save Wild Animals (tiger), Preserve Our Heritage (railroad), and DARE special fund license plates.