California Department of Veterans Affairs

SACRAMENTOAfter nearly two years of effort, the state will present the first Gold Star License Plates to three Gold Star families will be made on Thursday 9 December by California Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Roger Brautigan and California Department of Motor Vehicles Director George Valverde.

In case of rain the event will be moved into the State Capitol Council Room.

EVENT: Presentation of the First Gold Star License Plates to Gold Star families.

DATE: Thursday 9 December

TIME: 3 pm

PLACE: All Veterans Memorial

Capitol Park

Corner of 13th and N Street

Sacramento, CA

WHO: Gold Star Families, Secretary of California Department of Veterans Affairs Roger Brautigan, Director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles George Valverde, Rep Jeff Denham (principal co-author of the legislation that created the program) former State Senator Dave Cogdill (author of the legislation that created the program); representatives from Remembering the Brave Foundation; representatives from AmVets; and many more.

BACKGROUND: The Gold Star License Plate Program was created in 2008 by legislation (SB 1455 Cogdill) signed by the Governor Schwarzenegger.  The legislation created a specialized license plate with a distinctive Gold Star emblazoned on the left side which is the national symbol that has come to recognize families that have lost someone (son, daughter, husband, wife, mother father, grandchild, grandfather) who was serving in the military.  The bill specifically included a provision that required the Department of Veterans Affairs to raise the $300,000 through private donation to pay for the creation of the new license plate program.  The money has been raised and has been delivered to the Department of Motor Vehicle. In anticipation of the funds coming in the DMV began working on the programing in advance and as a result the DMV began accepting applications for these plates on Dec 1.

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