PRESS RELEASE
from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
February 20, 2007
Contact: Jody Withers
(512) 463-0130

Senator Estes files bill to authorize Silver Star license plates

AUSTIN - Senator Craig Estes (Wichita Falls-R) filed Senate Bill 274 to authorize the Texas Department of Transportation to issue a special Silver Star license plate.

"Members of the military do not serve for medals or accolades, but for the cause of freedom. It is right for us to honor them and recognize them as heroes who live among us," said Estes.

The Silver Star is the third highest award designated for heroism during direct combat against enemy forces, and was first awarded in 1932. Senate Bill 274 would allow Silver Star recipients or their surviving spouses to be issued the special plates for a nominal fee consistent with other military plates provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Texas currently offers license plates specifically for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Valor recognizing the Air Force Cross or Distinguished Service Cross, the Army Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross and the Medal of Honor, and a plate for the Purple Heart. Additionally, plates are available for disabled veterans, former prisoners of war, and for service in combat theatres such as Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm among other military service.

"A special license plate is merely a small token, but it is my hope that these recognitions will serve as a reminder to all our men and women who have worn our nation's military uniform that we are eternally grateful for their service and their sacrifice."

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