Thank you for participating in this effort to have our service in Somalia recognized on our SC DMV Plates. Our agency has been in communication with the office of SC State Representative Mike Sottile who has advised us this is a matter he plans to bring up when the legislative session resumes in January 2019.
He advised that we obtain as many Restore/Continue Hope veterans as possible in order to meet any minimum requirement to produce the plates if this effort gains traction.
That said, a quick email to Rep. Sottile requesting these plates would help him make a case to the legislative body.
If you have a minute, Please copy and past the following message to him below:
Subject: SC Veterans Plate designating service in Somalia (Operation Restore/Continue Hope)
Dear Representative Sottile,
I had a question/request for your office. I participated in Mogadishu, Somalia during Operations Restore and Continue Hope in the US Armed Forces. While at the DMV I noticed various designations of Veterans Plates for Vietnam, Korea, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan operations, but none for our time in Somalia. I am hoping we can work together to change this and add a Somalia (Operation Restore/Continue Hope) Veterans license plate to the list that currently exist. While I realize that Somalia was a brief operation for the US, I am also aware of our eighteen brothers that were killed and 73 that were wounded there. Our time in Somalia is also inscribed onto the Marine Corps Monument in Washington DC. How might we work work together to ensure Somalia is never forgotten and ensure that our brothers and sisters from SC that served there can have that designation on their vehicle license plates Very respectfully submitted,