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Vietnam vets still waiting for state to issue license plate

July 22, 2012

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TOPEKA — More than six months after Vietnam War license plates were to be available in Kansas, they aren’t. And the Kansas Department of Revenue says it’s not sure when they will be for sale.

“As soon as possible,” Revenue Department spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda said Friday.

Vietnam veteran Jim Gregory of Wichita is getting impatient.

“I’ve been checking continuously, and I know other Vietnam veterans are interested in this,” he said.

In 2010, the Kansas Legislature approved legislation requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to set up the sale of Vietnam War license plates to veterans of that war.

The plates were to be made available starting Jan. 1 of this year.

Gregory said he thought that a nearly two-year lead time would have been sufficient.

But Koranda said the design of the plate wasn’t finalized until recently. Then, she said, 50 plates were distributed earlier this month, but it was discovered that the plates did not have the correct sequential numbers required by law enforcement.

“The plate has to match what is in the system,” she said.

So, she said, the corrections are being made.

“No way are we dragging our feet,” she said.

To which Gregory said, “It does seem to me that this has dragged on way too long and they always have an inventive excuse. I just wish they would get them out.”

Comments

blindrabbit 2 years, 3 months ago

As a VietNam Veteran, Navy 1964-1966 I wonder why the delay! I don't know anything about Jeannine Koranda or any of her fellow employees at Kansas Department of Revenue about their prior military status or whether they have any VietNam experience, but I do know tha Sam Brownback has not served in the military! How these individuals can trump the desires of the State of Kansas to recognise the sacrifices of service personnel, let alone VietNam veterans needs to be exposed. I, like many veterans proudly display our veterans plates and the fact that these plates are readily seen on vehicles speaks to the popularity of that program, I am more than ready to adopt 4 Viet. plates for my vehicles as soon as they are available; hopefully sooner than later. Brownback needs to more this forward!

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oldbaldguy 2 years, 3 months ago

Brought to you by the same department that has the new Improved software.

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Randall Uhrich 2 years, 3 months ago

Notice there wasn't any delay in the "In God We Trust" plate.

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