The state of Florida does many things to honor its veterans, but one thing it could do better is to distinguish its residents who have been honored by the armed forces with medals earned in combat. Many states do this with license plates.
Florida does recognize some combat medals with specialty license plates, such as the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart, but others are not recognized. The Distinguished Service Cross (Army), Air Force Cross and Navy Cross (Navy and Marine Corps), the Silver Star Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal are not represented with specialty plates for recipients of these prestigious medals.
Attempts have been made in the past to correct this, but thus far legislation authorizing the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to create and issue these distinguishing plates have failed to become law.
It is a shame that Florida veterans recognized for exemplary service to their nation in combat are not afforded the privilege to display an officially sanctioned token from the state. By issuing such distinctive plates, communities will have the ability to better recognize these men and women and their service and further honor these deserving veterans.
Fort Riley, Kan.
The writer is from Spring Hill.