Secretary Johnson, MVAA Director Jeff Barnes unveil license plate benefiting veterans services

NOVEMBER 6, 2015 Support Michgian Veterans License Plate

Proceeds will go to local, county vet organizations

FLINT, Mich. – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes today unveiled a license plate that will raise funds to enhance outreach and services to veterans.

“This is one more way we can make sure that veterans get the services they’ve earned and deserve,” Johnson said. “We want to support veterans and their families who’ve sacrificed so much.”

The plate was unveiled at the Flint Veteran Expo as a way to commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The expo, hosted by the MVAA, runs today and Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road.

Michigan residents who want to help support outreach to veterans can purchase the plate at any Secretary of State office. Find information on this and other fundraising plates on the Michigan Secretary of State website.

Expo attendees can order the plate at the event, where the Secretary of State Mobile Office will be available for a full range of transactions. 

Proceeds from the plate will go to local and county organizations that provide outreach and services to veterans, such as education on the mental effects of war, PTSD and other service-related disabilities. At least 25 percent of the money will go to tuition support for members of the Michigan National Guard or the Children of Veterans Tuition Grant program.

Johnson, co-founder of OPERATION: OUR TROOPS COUNT, stressed that helping Michigan’s veterans is a priority.

“One of the first ways we helped is by offering a driver’s license with a special designation for veterans so they can easily prove their status to receive discounts from businesses,” she added. “This new license plate lets supporters and loved ones of veterans contribute as well.”

About 50,000 veterans have opted for the driver’s license designation. Veterans can also purchase car or motorcycle plates that show their branch of the military or the conflict in which they served.

Barnes noted that support for veterans services is widespread.

“Michigan is home to more than 660,000 veterans, but it’s also home to many family, friends and loved ones who want to show their support for those who served,” he said. “This license plate allows them to demonstrate that commitment to our state’s veterans and at the same time, raise funds to enhance outreach to veterans and current military service members. MVAA’s mission is to connect veterans with the benefits they’ve earned, and the veteran license plate will go a long way in supporting county and local organizations that do the same.”

The law creating the new veterans outreach plate was sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, who long has supported veterans’ causes, including sponsorship of a bill providing information about employment, benefit and resource opportunities to returning veterans. Stamas served in the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard.  

“Many veterans face real challenges, whether it’s PTSD or finding a job,” Stamas said. “This license plate will help fund services crucial to stabilizing their personal lives and launching their careers.”

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