Veteran working to get bill passed for Navy license plates

"I make no apologies that I'm Navy proud."

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Roger Hirsh is a Navy veteran, having served about 30 years.

"I make no apologies that I'm Navy proud," he said.

His wife was in the Navy, as well as his daughter.

Now, with almost every waking moment when he's not working at the Naval hospital in Portsmouth he's working a custom United State Navy license plate he hopes to get on the road by next year.

"Particularly the Coast Guard friends that I have, have Coast Guard plates. There's no Navy plate and I went on the DMV website to find Navy plates and there was nothing there," he said.

That's when he came up with the idea for the plates and started going through the legal hoops to make them available to drivers who want them.

From the designs to flyers and magnets all around town, it's all been just him. It's been his own time, his own funding.

"It hasn't been cheap. I'm on a first name basis with my Office Max crew," said Hirsh.

He's put in all this work to get it ready for the General Assembly in January. His goal is to get 450 plates preordered before then, so when his delegate brings the bill to the General Assembly, it'll hopefully pass.

"When the Blue Angels goes ripping across 264, it brings tears to your eyes. I'm proud they're on my team. Why can't I get a license plate to show that? I can get a plate to show I'm a fan of the Redskins, well I want to be a fan of the Navy," said Hirsh.

If you'd like more information about the plates or pre-order one, visit Hirsh's Facebook page. There's also a link to the form to buy one.

Hirsh said this is a DMV-revenue sharing plate so the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society would eventually get some funding from it.

The cost of the plate, if approved, would be $25 annually or $35 if it is personalized.

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