Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) has introduced a bill that will reestablish the “Veterans” license plate that is reserved for Californians who have served in the armed forces.
“Several veterans have expressed a desire to be able to purchase a California license plate that belongs to them, that specifically identifies them as a veteran,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.
“That is why I am partnering with many veterans organizations to introduce this bill. Not only will it create this distinctive plate to properly recognize their service and sacrifice, but it will increase funding to County Veteran Service Offices to ensure that veterans have access to their guaranteed benefits including employment, retirement, medical and housing assistance.”
Bonilla’s legislation, designated Assembly Bill 244, will reestablish the “Veterans” license plate that was discontinued in 2010 and was replaced by the “Honoring Veterans” plate that can be purchased by any Californian who wishes to support veterans. That plate will still continue to be available if AB 244 is passed.
“Ever since the ‘Veterans’ license plate was discontinued, veterans and veterans groups have been clamoring for it to be brought back so that veterans can show their pride as veterans who have served their country during wartime,” said Pete Conaty, Retired Army officer and governmental affairs advocate for numerous veterans service organizations.
California has the largest population of veterans in the nation. Slightly less than two million veterans reside in California, with over 37,000 veterans returning to California each year.
The funds generated by the sales of the “Veterans” license plate will be distributed to County Veterans Service Offices to help maintain their operations.