An Oklahoma veterans organization has spoken out against a proposed bill that would use funds earned fromTrump-inspired vanity license plates to benefit local veterans.
The “Make America Great” and “Keep America Great” Oklahoma vanity plate options are a part of Senate Bill 1384. If passed, the Bill would use $20 from each $35 plate fee to benefit the Folds of Honor and the Warriors of Freedom foundations in Oklahoma.
The plan has been met with mixed feelings from citizens and lawmakers alike, but The Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Oklahoma has come out as totally opposed to the idea, reported Oklahoma News 4.
“We strongly oppose any such use of veterans to promote a political cause or agenda,” they said in a statement.
“Given that only two of the many VSOs in our state are represented, it is obvious the senators did not consult with the others in the creation of these plates. We believe any time veterans are to be used to promote something in the state, all VSOs should be consulted prior to taking any such action.”
“We strongly encourage all the VSOs in this state to take the same position on this bill as we have,” the organization continued.
“Veterans, and their families, should not be utilized as leverage to promote a political ideal or agenda no matter what party it represents. Such use shows not only a blatant disrespect for those who have and who continue to serve our great state and our great nation, but also complete disrespect for the established veterans service organizations in our state who do a majority of the representative work of veterans. This cannot and must not be tolerated.”