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For Immediate Release
November 1, 2001
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

New Decals to Personalize Veterans' License Plates
22 Decal Designs Available to Qualifying Veterans

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced today that beginning November 5, 2001, Maine Veterans will have the option of placing a decal on their veterans' license plate (the plate with the red 'V') that recognizes their contribution to a particular branch of the armed services; their participation in certain conflicts or their receipt of an award for bravery or valor.

"These decals are an excellent addition to our current selection of vehicle registration plates," said Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky. "The decals will provide a more distinctive look to the current veterans' license plate, while allowing Veterans to display a special symbol of their service to their country."

The Maine Veterans Commemorative Decal Program was authorized by the Maine Legislature during the last legislative session. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is making the decals available in time for Veteran's Day. Decals may be obtained at any one of the thirteen BMV Branch Offices.

A legislatively appointed task force established 22 decals for display with the veterans' plate. Five decals depict the seal of each branch of the armed services. Decals that represent ten individual awards for bravery, including the Bronze Star or higher, and seven campaign medals awarded for service in a hostile fire zone are also available.

To request the decals a veteran who already has veterans' plates may bring a copy of the DD 214 (report of separation or discharge from active duty) to verify eligibility. The decals may only be used with the veterans' license plate with the red 'V'. The decals have been designed to be placed over the red 'V'. Each set of decals is $2.00.

This is an optional program and the current veterans' license plate with the red 'V' will still be valid without a decal.

License plates for recipients of the Purple Heart and Medal of Honor, as well as for Former Prisoner of War, Pearl Harbor Survivor and Disabled Veteran have previously been authorized by the Legislature and will continue to be available to veterans.