Judy's bill supporting surviving spouses of Purple Heart recipients passes House

Judy's bill supporting surviving spouses of Purple Heart recipients passes House

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives today advanced State Rep. Chris Judy's (R-Fort Wayne) legislation that would grant surviving spouses the ability to obtain a Purple Heart license plate in honor of their loved ones. The bill passed unanimously, 93-0.

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.

"I'm hopeful the Senate will take up this bill for those spouses wanting to continue honoring their Purple Heart recipients after they've passed," Judy said. "This is a small gesture that would go a long way in honoring our Hoosier heroes and their families."

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.

House Bill 1039 now moves to the Indiana Senate for further consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

For those currently eligible for a Purple Heart license plate, visit in.gov/bmv to apply.

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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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CAPTION: State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) presents to the Indiana House of Representatives his legislation that would grant surviving spouses the ability to obtain a Purple Heart license plate Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at the Indiana State Government Center South in Indianapolis. The bill passed out of the House and can now be considered by the Indiana Senate.