Proos co-sponsors Blue Star Families license plate bill

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Members of military families in Michigan would be able to get a Blue Star Families license plate under legislation co-sponsored by Sen. John Proos.

“The United States remains the beacon of liberty in the world because we continue to have brave Americans who are willing to serve and defend our country and way of life,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I co-sponsored this measure as a way for us to express our appreciation for the service of the men and women of our armed forces and recognize the sacrifices made by their families.”

Senate Bill 821 would create a Blue Star Families recognition license plate, which would include the Blue Star Families insignia and the words “Blue Star Family” under the registration numbers.

Blue Star Families was started in 2009 by a group of military spouses around a kitchen table and has grown to more than 150,000 members in over 35 communities and chapters around the globe. Their programs and services reach more than 1.5 million military family members every year.

Under the bill, residents who are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces — or members of their immediate family — would be able to apply for the special recognition plate.

“We already offer this special recognition for members of gold star families, who have lost a loved one while serving our country,” Proos said. “This bill would simply extend this tribute to families of current servicemen and servicewomen who have stepped forward to defend our freedom.”

SB 821 has been sent to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.