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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 27, 2016

HEROIC VETERANS HONORED WITH NEW SPECIAL PLATES

DMV now offers license plates for Silver Star and Bronze Star medal recipients

CARSON CITY – Nevada combat veterans who earned the Silver Star Medal or the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Combat V or Combat Distinguishing Device can now display the honor on new specialty license plates released today by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

“Recipients of the Silver and Bronze Star medals are heroes who served in ground combat missions,” said DMV Director Terri Albertson. “They earned the distinction and are truly deserving of these special license plates.”

The Silver Star Medal is the third-highest military decoration for valor awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces. Only the Medal of Honor and Service Cross rank higher. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement or service. Bronze Star Medals awarded for heroism include a “V” device, Combat V or Combat Distinguishing Device for valor and must have this designation to qualify for the plates.

The new license plates, approved by the 2015 Nevada Legislature in Assembly Bill 103, are also issued in disabled versions for medal recipients who have a 100% service-connected disability. Like the existing the Disabled Veteran plates, the disabled Silver Star and Bronze Star plates contain the international symbol of access, authorize the holder to park in handicapped parking and exempt the holder from parking fees at Nevada state and local government facilities.

Fees for a set of two full-size plates for a vehicle total $9.00 per set for the initial issuance, A single motorcycle plate costs $5.00. There are no additional fees for the annual renewal. The specific requirements, application form and details on obtaining the plates are available on the DMV website at www.dmvnv.com.

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Links

Nevada Military and Veterans License Plates

2015 Assembly Bill 103

Criteria for the medals

Silver Star
The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

Actions that merit the Silver Star must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not merit award of the Medal of Honor or a Service Cross (Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, or the Air Force Cross).

Bronze Star with “V” device, Combat V or Combat Distinguishing Device
The Bronze Star is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States after Dec. 6, 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

When awarded for heroism, the Bronze Star Medal is annotated by a bronze "V" device (to designate valor). Only one "V" device will be worn on the medal or ribbon regardless of the number of times awarded.

Images

Silver Star Plate

Bronze Star Plate