TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Beach (D-Camden) that will allow the families of New Jersey soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice while on active duty to receive specialized “Gold Star Family” license plates was signed into law today.
The bill (S-2192) authorizes the state Motor Vehicle Commission to release a special license plate to the immediate family members of servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives while on active duty. The plate’s design will include a gold star and the words “Gold Star Family” along its bottom.
“While just a small sign of our appreciation, these ‘Gold Star’ plates will be a meaningful way to recognize the heroism of our servicemen and women as well as the families that support them and must endure the worst cost of war,” said Beach. “The plates will also remind us that the impact of war does not simply end on the battlefield, and that we most be doing all we can to assist our veterans and their families.”
Verification of a family’s request for a license plate will be confirmed by the New Jersey chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers.
Beach noted that the MVC already has authorized license plates for 18 additional military service organizations, including special “Combat Wounded” plates for Purple Heart Recipients.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a national organization that was formed in 1928 to create a support network for military mothers who lost a child in service to the armed forces. The group took its name for the gold star service flag that families hung in their windows in order to honor the loss of family members in military service.
Under the law, MVC will make the first plates available within the next 6 months.