CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (CBS46) In the state of Georgia there are tags for veterans and every branch of the military, but there are no tags for those who want to support the troops.
“I come from a big military family, my dad served, my cousins, my friends from high school served. Since I didn’t serve I was trying to think of different ways I could show support for the troops,” said Cartersville resident Thomas Butler.
Butler thought an easy option would be to buy a specialized “Support Our Troops” license plate, but he quickly learned that is not an option in the state.
“They had tons of veteran support tags. Either retired veterans, disabled veteran, but I was completely shocked that they didn’t have one just for a civilian to be able to show my support with a tag,” added Butler.
Of the more than 180 specialized tags available none of the military license plates is for those who are non-military. That’s when Butler reached out to his state representative Matthew Gambill to create one.
“I didn’t believe him at first. I thought surely we already have a support our troop license plate. I went online and saw that we didn’t,” said Gambill.
Representative Gambill is sponsoring House Bill 1018 to create a “Support Our Troops” license plate. Nonprofit Support Our Troops is backing the measure, and proceeds from tag sales will go to help the men and women fighting for the country.
“They fund pretty much anything for the men and women who are serving, whether it’s supporting the families who are here while their loved ones are overseas. They provide phone calls through their satellite so the men and women can actually call home and video chat, it really goes on and on,” added Butler.
Gambill says the measure is long overdue.
“Everyone will have an opportunity whether you served or not to support our troops, and show you’re proud to be American, and you’re proud to be patriotic,” added Rep. Gambill.
The legislative session is expected to wrap up in the next couple days and official say if this bill doesn't make it to the floor for a vote, they will continue to do pre-sales and try again next session.