Across the state of Florida, we honor veterans through our military license plate program. But it wasn't until recently, that Vietnam was added to the list. For 40 years it was absent from the books.
On Friday, Representative Jimmy Patronis presented the very first plate to Robert Hughes. Hughes came to Patronis a few years ago, telling him about the problem.
Plates existed for Korean, World War II and even Iraqi troops, but not for those in Vietnam. Not realizing it, Patronis jumped on it.
During the 2012 legislative session, a bill was passed allowing for Vietnam veterans to be recognized. Representative Patronis shared the great news with area veterans who are proud of this distinction.
So many were eager to apply for the plate, that they rushed to the tag office following the presentation.
More than 453,000 Vietnam Veterans that live in the state will be eligible to buy their own military license plate.
"Everybody wanted to get their tag and that was the whole point of it. The whole point was to create some awareness that this tag was available and that we appreciate you." Patronis said.
To get your own license plate, download the application to the right and take it to your nearest Tax Collector's Office.