Judy's bill supporting surviving spouses of Purple Heart recipients heads to governor's desk

Judy's bill supporting surviving spouses of Purple Heart recipients heads to governor's desk

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, March 10, 2021

STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2021) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) granting surviving spouses the ability to obtain a Purple Heart license plate in honor of their loved ones could soon become law.

Currently, Purple Heart recipients who have the specialty license plate can request multiple plates for vehicles registered under their name, which could include a vehicle driven by a spouse. However, Judy said when the veteran passes away, the spouse cannot renew the Purple Heart plate.

"From the constituent that inspired me to author this legislation to each Hoosier this may impact in the future, I hope this encourages them continue honoring their Purple Heart recipients," Judy said. "Displaying this license plate gives spouses an opportunity to keep that memory alive and honor their loved one's life." 

Eligible recipients are required to fill out an application and include documentation of Award of Purple Heart Medal before submitting it to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

With support from the Indiana Senate, House Enrolled Act 1039 is now eligible for action by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) represents House District 83,

which includes portions of Allen and Whitley counties.

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