FROM THE COMMANDER
Patriots and Family of Aaron A Weaver Chapter 776,
The West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693 hosted a great Purple Heart Breakfast. This is a very special event like no other Chapter that I know has the honor of attending, absolutely free. If you have not attended, please plan on it next year. You are encouraged to bring guests so that they may learn more about the Purple Heart legacy that we share as combat wounded veterans.
At the breakfast, the Citrus County Building Alliance presented the Chapter, as the tournament’s charitable partner, a $5,000 check from a portion of the tournament’s proceeds. Also at the breakfast, I had the pleasure, on behalf of the Department of Florida Commander Craig Wertheim, to present our Chapter Adjutant, Curt Ebitz, with the Department of Florida Patriot of the Year Award and our Chapter Chaplain, Troy Allen, the Department of Florida Jonas Jacobsen Volunteer of the Year Award. I also want to thank Chapter 776 Patriots and Associates for their dedicated support that earned for the Chapter the distinction of being selected for the Department of Florida Service Award.
Speaking of breakfast, Patriots interested in meeting for breakfast are invited to join me and fellow Patriots at 9:15 a.m., Thursday, September 14 at SOCOS House of Eats, 7364 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd., Homosassa (formerly Dan’s Clam Stand). The owner-chef is a Marine Corps veteran. I hope to do it on a monthly basis so that we can build camaraderie by getting to know each other better.
Yours in Patriotism,
Richard Hunt, Commander
Purple Heart motorcycle license plate
Thanks to the personal initiative and persistent determination of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart Patriot Glenn Beaulieu, the Florida Legislature passed legislation (HB 1135) during the 2020 legislative session that was enacted into law by Governor Ron DeSantis authorizing a Purple Heart license plate for motorcycles owned by Purple Heart recipients, effective January 1, 2021. The Purple Heart motorcycle license plate now joins the Purple Heart vehicle license plate that has been available to Purple Heart recipients for over two decades.
The Purple Heart motorcycle license plate for Purple Heart recipients will soon be available for purchase at County Tax Collector offices. Until then, Purple Heart recipients can obtain the Purple Heart motorcycle license plate directly from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) as indicated:
Go to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website at www.flhsmv.gov
Click on RESOURCES on the navigation bar.
Click on Forms.
If you already have a motorcycle license plate, click on 83146: Application for Replacement License Plate, Validation Decal or Parking Permit, complete, print and sign.
If you do not already have a motorcycle license plate, click on 83034:Application for Military Service Related License Plate, complete, print and sign.
Mail the completed and signed applicable form 83034: Application for Military Service Related License Plate or 83146: Application for Replacement License Plate, Validation Decal or Parking Permit) with a copy of your DD 214 or Official Orders attesting to the awarding of your Purple Heart and a check made payable to FLHSMV in the amount of $36.90 to:
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Direct Mail
2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS #72
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
The Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018
Do you know how it can effect you?
It's official; DD-214s are now online. Please pass on to other vets.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the
following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online.
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