Senate Approves Local Veteran’s Proposal for New License Plate

HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday that would establish a specialty license plate for veterans who earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), according to the bill’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

The legislation came as a suggestion of a Berks County resident seeking to recognize those who have earned the distinct honor, according to Argall.

At the request of Joe Soga (Vietnam 1968-69), a Berks County veteran, Senator David G. Argall (R-29) introduced Senate Bill 1187 to allow individuals earning the CIB during their tour of duty to display their achievement on their Pennsylvania license plate.

“I appreciate Joe’s commitment to our nation and to his comrades for coming to me with this initiative,” Argall said. “We are one step closer to allowing those who earned the Combat Infantry Badge to display it on their vehicle’s license plate.”

“It is a high honor to have earned the CIB while serving our country in Vietnam,” Soga said. “Those who have served under these conditions take pride in having earned the Combat Infantry Badge. I would like to thank Sen. Argall for his efforts to honor my fellow veterans by introducing legislation to establish a Combat Infantry Badge license plate.”

The CIB was approved in 1943 by the Secretary of War. It is awarded to a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier who served in a Combat Zone for more than 30 days or fought in a ground action with enemy soldiers.

Senate Bill 1187 heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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