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License plate question

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by Generalcarry, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    My drivers license and plate tabs had to be renewed and while standing in line I heard myself say I wanted one VN veteran plate. For as many years as they've been out I never bothered with them and out of the blue I order one. Did that happen to anyone else? As soon as I left I was sorry I got one. It's freekin odd. I did hit country in 67, maybe that was in the back of my mind. At any rate, I wish I wouldn't have done it.


    Jan 9, 2004
    Why would you not want one, you earned it! I do realize that there are many RVN vets that just don't want any attention called to that fact and I can respect that, however you should NEVER feel bad about getting a license plate. Thank you for your service! :patriot:

    BTW, who were you with in Vietnam?

  3. RoyG

    RoyG NSDQ

    Apr 21, 2004
    NC(back home now)

    Welcome home...:beer: :beer: :beer:
  4. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I kind of wanted a veteran plate too, but then I figured who cares if other people know that I serve? I didn't do it for the adoration of the mass (OK, I was hoping that I could score with the chicks but that didn't pan out like the novels said).
  5. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    It was the voice we all have that pushes us out of our comfort zone that told you to do it... Mine has been very vocal recently...for over a year, ever since I gave my dogtags to my son to take with him to Iraq. He brought them back. You put those plates on with pride... '67? Hell, you earned them...:patriot: :patriot:
  6. planorick


    Aug 3, 2004
    Plano, TX
    I was one of the lucky ones. I was in the AF but lucked out and was never in country. I spent many years in the AF wondering if I really deserved to be there because I didn't go and all the guys I started out with did. But, It came around to my turn when the first Gulf War started. I ended up spending a year in country. It was in no way as bad as VN but I could at least now imagine what you guys went through.

    Be proud of what you did for your country and place those plates on your vehicle and you will find that people wil look upon you with a new since of respect.

    Thank you for your service, Brother!
  7. RockSix


    Nov 9, 2005
    Plus it might help with getting a warning instead of a ticket.
  8. AirAssault

    AirAssault Übermensch

    Feb 2, 2006
    i have Desert Storm plates on my vehicle.
  9. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    Problem solved. I leased a new Jeep and the wife liked it so she took mine and now I have hers. HOWEVER, now that I think about it, I didn't have to show any documentation (DD214) for proof. I guess all you have to do is ask for one.
  10. doyle01


    May 6, 2006
    My wife got me mine best present I ever got
  11. DriBak

    DriBak GUNS UP Millennium Member

    Jul 4, 1999
    West Texas
    I KNOW for a fact this has worked for me
    Desert Storm plates
  12. kawalerzysta


    May 10, 2004
    Mt Pocono, Pa
    Worked for me with Disabled Veteran plate:)
  13. WIG19

    WIG19 Light left on

    Oct 27, 2003
    Renegade State
    Likewise; at some point (and I can't put my finger on it) I've become very comfortable in my own skin, who I am, and what I believe, and although I'm much more courteous I find I have to make fewer actual apologies. Don't have the license plates, but have actually begun to go against an old personal policy and 'deface' my truck with a couple of things that matter to me. My NRA sticker of course, along with a sticker clearly dedicated to ousting the current hand-wringing whining-liberal Governor. Other than just making sure to vote, I sometimes find in the vets I deal with at the local VAMC that it takes us awhile to accept that we've earned all the little things that may come our way, and that we can & should accept them without any attached guilt because they generally have good motives behind them. So I do get vocal with my elected reps and I won't hide anything I've done during my career as long as it's unclassified.

    As RoyG said, "Welcome Home"

  14. 82ndAbn

    82ndAbn 325th AIR

    Dec 8, 2002
    I've heard about that. Someone else was telling me they picked up EMS tags without having to identify themselves as a Paramedic or EMT.

    They either don't care, trust you, or allow any joe-off-the-street to get them.

    Maybe it's about sales and money making instead of legitimacy.

    Anyhow, I think you ought to be proud to sport Vet tags.

  15. AirAssault

    AirAssault Übermensch

    Feb 2, 2006
    i had to show my 214 when i got my desert storm tags back in 98....
  16. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    The Sec. of State office I went to was not crowded (myself and another person) and as I said, it was an impulse buy. I believe I had to pay a one time $30-$35 charge. I also wrote to the Sec.of State expressing my concern, and she has never responded.
    I have to believe you can ask for any plate you desire, based on my experience. That's a pretty sorry commentary for this state.
  17. JimmyMN

    JimmyMN Veteran Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    I'm 100% service-connected disabled, permanent and total, and am proud to show Vietnam Vet plates on my cars. Hey, guys, we did what we were sent to do on behalf of our country and we did a good job; it's time to get over it and show the pride we feel...enough said.

    Edited to add: When I applied for the plate, I had to furnish a copy of my DD214.
  18. Bonk

    Bonk Millennium Member

    Nov 8, 1999
    You earned it, my brother, and I'm glad you got the plates.

    FWIW, when I applied for Marine Corps plates (xxxxMR in Virginia, with the EGA next to it), I had to show my 214. The copy was a little bad, so thankfully I had a photocopy of my last ID card, which the DMV clerk accepted. I thanked her for having high standards. :)
  19. blinkin357


    Jan 16, 2006
    Thank you for serving our country. You can and should share your pride with the rest of us. I wish that I'd served but did not. However if they continue raising the enlistment age, I may be able to join up instead of retiring.... seriously!
  20. I had a purple heart plate when I lived in MN. (I'm glad I left that bastion of liberalism as I moved out of there.)
    A friend of mine who was in the same Vietnam Veterans of America chapter as I was also a state trooper. He told me to get rid of the license plate as I was a target for police to pull over as a suspected DWI.
    I got rid of my plates and I quit getting pulled over.
    I have normal plates now.
    I have my "electric strawberry" patch on my bumper and you have to have been in to know what it is. I have no lettering on the vehicle at all.
    I also will NOT put an NRA sticker on my vehicle as it then becomes a target for clowns looking for firearms.