Rep. VanderWall introduces legislation honoring veterans.
LANSING — Legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, would allow a widow or widower to keep their spouse’s disabled veteran license plate.
Currently, only the disabled veteran is allowed to have a disabled veteran license plate. When the individual passes away, their spouse is required to return the plate to the Michigan Secretary of State office and obtain a different plate.
“This can be very traumatic for the widow or widower,” VanderWall said. “On top of dealing with the loss of their spouse, they are forced to part with a very sentimental, meaningful and tangible piece of their spouse’s identity.”
VanderWall said the plate does not convey any special benefits to the spouse, such as handicapped parking.
“The plate also allows the family to promote awareness for disabled veterans and their challenges, along with always remembering the family member they lost,” he said.
The bill was referred to the Transportation Committee where it will be considered further.
VanderWall, a Republican, represents the 101st house district, which includes Mason, Manistee, Benzie, and Leelanau counties.