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Special Va. license plate unveiled at kickoff to Women’s Veterans Week

Gov.Glenn Youngkin led the celebration of Virginia Women Veterans Week, March 17-23, during a special ceremony hosted by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond.

During the ceremony, the Governor and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin also unveiled the new Support Women Veterans license plate, now available at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
This is the seventh consecutive year that the Commonwealth has designated the third week of March as Virginia Women Veterans Week to honor and recognize the contributions and achievements of the more than 108,000 women military veterans that call Virginia their home.

The governor said,. “By unveiling the new Support Women Veterans specialty license plates and declaring Virginia Women Veterans Week, we want our female veterans to know that Virginia values you. I remain committed to making Virginia the best state in the nation for servicemembers, veterans, and their families to live and work.”
Lt. Gov. Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears said, “As a woman veteran, I fully understand the unique challenges that our women veterans face when they transition to civilian life,” said . “Our Commonwealth is blessed to have the largest percentage of women veterans per population of any state. Each brings along the skills and talents learned during her military service to new roles in our local communities. Our women veterans truly make a major difference in assuring that Virginia remains the #1 state in America for all our citizens to live, work and, thrive. Today, we salute you.”
“Women veterans comprise 18 percent of Virginia’s total veteran population of nearly 700,000 and their numbers grow every year,” said Craig Crenshaw, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs.  “Having served with so many outstanding women during my Marine career, I am pleased that Virginia was one of the first states to establish a Woman Veterans Program with specific programs and services to address their unique challenges and opportunities when they leave active duty.”
“Our women veterans have dedicated so much to the Commonwealth and to the United States. It is an honor to pay tribute to their service by unveiling this special license plate today. I look forward to seeing them adorn vehicles across the state,” said Shep Miller, Secretary of Transportation.

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