The Committee to Honor California Veterans, www.chcv.org, is working to get California to issue a non-handicapped, disabled veterans license plate. Twenty-nine other states are already doing this and we feel its time for this state to stand up and join these foward thinking states in honoring all of our disabled veterans. If you’ll visit our site you will get a clear understanding of what we have done and are doing now.
For a little over two years I’ve worked alone gathering support and contacting legislators trying to find one who would author this bill. Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D, Santa Barbara, took on the task and introduced AB 445 in the last session. However the bill was held in Appropriations because of funding problems.
Since then CHCV was founded and a second push has been made to get this introduced and passed. But, once again funding is a problem. Because of this we have been forced to remove a number of associated benefits we wanted with these plates. As it stands now the plates will not be free and vehicle registration charges will apply. In January I’ll be leaving for Sacramento and meeting with not only all 119 legislators, but several committees as well. All told, I’ll be visiting the capitol for about the whole month.
And we need your help. We ask that you contact your legislators and voice your support for this. We also ask that you contact the Governors office and the Lt. Governors office and tell them you want to see this passed. Tell others about this effort and ask them to do the same thing. Cities, counties and special interest groups can join in too.
I’ll be posting updates both here in Veternas Today and our website. In the mean time please feel free to use my website email address and give me your ideas and suggestions.