State Senator Alice Johnson (DFL-Spring Lake Park) is carrying legislation this session to recognize the more than 29,000 woman veterans in Minnesota with specialty license plates for vehicles and motorcycles.
In this video, Senator Johnson is joined by former veterans including four female Colonels, one Captain, one First Lieutenant, one Staff Sergeant, and two Sergeants.
“Historically, women veterans have not been recognized yet they have served in every conflict our country has been engaged in,” Johnson said. “These women earned this recognition. Women serve in vitally important roles, and this is one way to recognize and thank Minnesota woman veterans’ and their families for their service to our nation.”
There are about 29,000 women veterans in the state, and 15 percent of the current active duty force is female.
As is the case with other specialized plates, the user would pay an additional $10 fee to acquire the plates that would bear the inscription “WOMAN VETERAN.”
An additional $5 surcharge would be created with each set of plates. Surcharge dollars would go into a special account that would be granted to the Women Veterans Initiative Working Group to promote public recognition of women serving in the military and women veterans.