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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