Special to the Daily News
FRANKFORT — The design for Kentucky’s new “I Support Veterans” license plates that were created as a result of legislation supported by Rep. Rick Nelson has been unveiled
The red, white, and blue specialty license plates featuring stars and stripes will allow Kentucky drivers to show their support and appreciation for those who served their country in the armed forces. A portion of the fee for the specialty plate will go toward programs that benefit veterans across the state.
“I look forward to seeing these license plates on vehicles throughout the state,” said Rep. Rick Nelson. “This will be a great way for Kentuckians to not only show their support to our veterans, but to also support the important services and programs provided to veterans by our state.”
The new license plates are one of many ways Kentucky supports veterans, said Maj. General Edward Tonini, Kentucky’s adjutant general.
“Kentucky is the envy of other adjutants general throughout the nation because of the many services we offer to veterans,” Tonini said. “Our troops have sacrificed much in recent history. While we can never fully repay them for their service, time and again the citizens of the Commonwealth have recognized the need to honor these brave men and women. The veterans license plate is yet another way Kentuckians support those who have served.”
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas said the new license plates will benefit veterans served by state programs.
“Many people over the years have asked us for a license plate that expresses their support for veterans even though they themselves do not qualify for veterans’ license plates,” Lucas said. Funds raised through the specialty plates “will enable us to keep programs that help veterans directly, including filing benefit claims, getting help finding jobs, maintaining their homes, and accessing other services.”
The plates are expected to be available to the public in early July.