The Purple Heart medal is one of the most prestigious awards given to a veteran, and is presented to service members wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving in the U.S. military.

Any Hoosier veteran awarded the Purple Heart is eligible to purchase a distinctive Purple Heart license plate. Currently, Purple Heart recipients can request multiple specialty plates for vehicles registered under their name, including those driven by spouses. However, when the veteran passes away, the spouse cannot renew the plate.

House Enrolled Act 1039 would allow a surviving spouse of a Purple Heart recipient to continue displaying the Purple Heart license plate.

Purple Heart recipients carry with them the scars of battle, and so do their families. With this bill, which received overwhelming support from the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana Senate, surviving spouses will be able to continue memorializing their loved one’s legacy through a simple but meaningful gesture. House Enrolled Act 1039 is now eligible to be signed into law by the governor.

To learn more about the distinctive license plates the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers to military personnel, Hoosier veterans and civilians wanting to show their support for the armed forces, click here.