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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Gold Star Sons and Daughters License Plate Bill Ceremoniously Signed into Law

Senator Wil Schroder (R-Wilder) joined Governor Matt Bevin, Kentucky Gold Star Families, military personnel, and other supporters, including Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, earlier this week for the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 122. The bill establishes a Gold Star Sons and Gold Star Daughters special license plate, which join the already-existent license plates for Gold Star Parents, Spouses, and Siblings.

“It was truly an honor to carry this bill through the legislative process, which began after I received a request from a constituent whose son lost his father while serving our country,” said Senator Schroder. “Members of our Gold Star Families should be held in our Commonwealth’s highest esteem for their loved one’s ultimate sacrifice. I hope this new license plate brings about hope and awareness for these families and their lost ones.”

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“Thank you so much to these families who have paid a level of sacrifice that the vast majority of us will never know,” said Governor Bevin. “The opportunity cost of these lives having been laid down for our nation is immeasurably high, and the very least we can do is to honor these lives—and to do it in a way that is visible.”

According to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Kentucky issued the first license plates honoring Gold Star Mothers—parents whose children have died in military service—with individualized plates in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in April 2006.

The Gold Stars Sons and Gold Stars Daughters license plates will be available beginning January 1, 2018. To apply for any of the Gold Star plates, you must provide special documentation to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. The KDVA will confirm eligibility and provide further steps to receive the plate. For more information, visit the KDVA website at or call 502-564-9203.

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