Hayes veteran recognition bills receive hearing

Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, testified before the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday in support of two bills he has sponsored to recognize Washington’s military veterans.

A Navy veteran, Hayes has two sons currently serving in the Army and Army Reserves, and believes these bills are just two small ways we can acknowledge the service of our military men and women.

House Bill 1132 would extend the eligibility of Gold Star License plates from parents of fallen soldiers to include spouses of veterans killed in action.

“This issue was brought to me by a constituent, and it surprised me that spouses were not already eligible. I believe spouses should have the option of honoring the memory of their husband or wife by displaying the Gold Star License plates,” Hayes said.

House Joint Memorial 4000 would designate Interstate 5 as the “Purple Heart Trail.” While the official name of the highway wouldn’t change, the Washington State Transportation Commission allows naming highways and bridges to institute an enduring memory of a person or group of people who have contributed significantly to the well-being of the state or nation.

“I-5 is the lifeline of our state, and to name it the “Purple Heart Trail” would bring honor and recognition to our state’s military veterans, who have sacrificed so much for our country and communities,” Hayes said.

HB 1132 was passed unanimously by the House Transportation committee, and is now eligible to be heard by the entire House of Representatives. No action has been taken on HJM 4000.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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