November 12, 2017




Veterans license plates with service branch now available

ALBANY – The first time in New York, service branch-specific license plates are available for veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines.

They join a number of other plates offered in the veterans and military series, including the Purple Heart Recipient, Vietnam Veteran and War on Terror Veteran license plates.

In order to purchase a custom plate, New Yorkers must provide a copy of their discharge papers and mail it with a completed application.

New York has a long history of veterans distinguishing themselves through military service, dating back to the American Revolution in 1775 through the present day.

New York was the first state to officially name its state militia the National Guard in 1862, and in 1903, the Dick Act required all states to follow suit and also call their militia the National Guard.

Decades later, Congress changed a law barring women from serving in the Guard and just two days later the law passed, the first woman to join the National Guard was a member of the New York National Guard’s 106th Tactical Hospital in 1956.


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