On Guard Kentucky

Nov. 11, 2011 | By kentuckyguard
Story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

[caption id="attachment_11007" align="alignright" width="225" caption="State Command Sgt. Maj. Greg Armstrong proudly displays his custom Kentucky National Guard license plate. Armstrong has served in the Kentucky Army National Guard for 39 years and has had a Kentucky Guard plate for the last 35 years."]

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- One of the unique benefits of membership in the Kentucky National Guard is the ability to proudly display your affiliation as a Kentucky Guardsman on the back of your car or motorcycle.

“Each of my personal family vehicles has a National Guard plate,” said State Command Sgt Maj. Greg Armstrong. “This is another way I support our great organization. Each license plate identifies a Kentucky Guard Family and symbolizes dedication, honor and selfless service to our Country.” To get the plate, you must be a current or former Guardsman.  If you are currently serving, bring a completed Statement of Current Service in the Kentucky National Guard Form or TC 96-216 which is available at your unit. You are no longer limited to one license plate either. Freddie Maggard, National Guard Community Outreach Coordinator, proudly displays both his plates because of his affiliation with the Kentucky Guard. “We've had a Guard plate for as long as I can remember,” said Maggard. “Having a Guard tag is our way of showing our pride for an organization that has given us so much and what we didn't know until today is that we can have two Guard tags, one for each of our vehicles.” [caption id="attachment_11008" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="State Command Chief Master Sgt. Jim Smith proudly displays his custom Kentucky National Guard license plate. Smith has served in the Kentucky Air National Guard for 34 years and has had a Kentucky Guard plate for the last 25 years. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs)"] If you’re retired, bring the Department of Defense Form 214 or DD-214 stating the condition of your discharge. If you are unsure of your eligibility, you can contact the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs at 502-564-9203 or 1-800-572-6245 for help. Plus, when you choose the Kentucky National Guard plate, five dollars goes to benefit the Veterans Trust Fund which receives all of their operating income from donations.  Every time a new plate is chosen or renewed, money goes to help a fellow service member. Armstrong is honored to display his Guard license plates and has for years. “Since my original National Guard license plate, it has been transferred to about 15 personal vehicles in a span of 35 years.”

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