Proposed VFW Connecticut License Plate Project

Three Reasons Why War Veterans Should Get a VFW License Plate

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The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues branded license plates to qualifying organizations.

There are dozens of special interest plates available including 18 military plates representing organizations such as the Marine Corps League, the Disabled Veterans of America, the Iwo Jima Survivor plate and the Laos Veterans of America  plate. However, there is no special interest plate for the Veterans of Foreign Wars—which is the largest combat veterans organization in America with more than 10,000 members in Connecticut.

A VFW special interest plate:

  1. honors war veterans
  2. supports an organization that supports veterans
  3. offers the VFW sustained brand building

WAR VETERAN: It is right and just to respect the honorable service and sacrifice of America’s veterans. It is even more appropriate as fewer of our citizens shoulder the burden of military service in our all-volunteer force. War veterans are esteemed for having served overseas where there is imminent danger or hostilities. While “WAR VETERAN” may be a bit bellicose for some, for those who served our great nation, it is a badge of honor.

The “legend” on the Connecticut organizational plate can only accommodate 19 characters, so Veterans of Foreign Wars was shortened to “War Veteran” like the DAV to “Disabled Veteran.”

SUPPORT FOR THE VFW: Congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organizations (VSO), such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, aid and serve veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors. By joining the VFW and by displaying a VFW plate, you will demonstrate personal support for the VFW, but also for our fellow veterans.

BRAND BUILDING: For decades, the number of veterans in the United States has been declining, largely because the all-volunteer military force is much smaller than in years past. From 2012 to 2022, Connecticut saw a 39.10% decrease in veterans ( The VFW mirrors that demographic trend, with 30 posts consolidating or closing in Connecticut since the VFW New Haven Post 12150 chartered in June 2015. By getting a VFW Connecticut license plate, you will help the VFW connect with fellow veterans and our communities in their day-to-day lives. While our veteran population is vanishing, we must ensure they do not become invisible.

Lastly, as a bonus reason, a full-color American Flag above the black and bold VFW logo is a striking graphic that echos the American flag on the Connecticut license for veterans and recalls our pledge to our flag, our republic, and our great nation.

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