CARSON CITY -- A new license plate honoring female veterans was unveiled Friday by Gov. Brian Sandoval during Veterans Day ceremonies at the state Veterans Home in Boulder City.
The plate won't be available for purchase until Dec. 7, but Assemblyman Elliot Anderson, D-Las Vegas, said it was displayed first on Veterans Day to bring greater attention to the plate.
Anderson, a Marine Corps veteran of Afghanistan, introduced the enabling legislation for the special plate during the legislative session last spring in response to concern by female veterans. People would see their veterans license plates at gas stations and ask if their husbands or sons were veterans, he said. Nevada currently has nine special plates available for veterans.
"A lot of women are veterans and inadvertently they were insulted by those questions," Anderson said.
There are 24,000 female veterans in Nevada.
Funds raised by the sale of the license plate will be given to the state Office of Veterans Affairs for a fund to help veterans.
Buyers must be female veterans. When they first order the plate, they pay the regular cost of the plate plus an extra $60 that goes to the veterans fund. Upon renewal, they will pay an extra $30 annually to the fund.
During hearings that led to passage of the bill, veteran Cheryl Gardner testified the Marines have a motto of the "few and the proud," but for women Marines it is "the fewer and prouder."
She said several states already honor female veterans and Nevada should join them.
"It is very disturbing women veterans are not recognized more," Gardner said.
Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at email@example.com or 775-687-3900.