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Monday, August 3, 2009

Adm. Marsh first to get new OIF?OEF car tags

the new car tags for veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom are now available.

Retired Read Adm. Clyde Mash is commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and today, he was the state's first Iraq veteran to purchase the special plate at the Autauga County Probate Office.

The plates became available statewide today.

“I am honored for the opportunity to commemorate this special day by displaying the first Iraq Veteran license plate,” said Marsh in a release. In 2005, he commanded some 44,000 coalition forces at the outset of the Iraq war. "This is a small, but well earned token benefit that epitomizes the pride and gratitude of Alabamians for the men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan in defense of freedom and democracy".

Active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces are eligible for the plates with proof of service in Iraq or Afghanistan, or who were deployed in direct support of military operations in both theaters.

Veterans applying for the commemorative tags will need a letter certifying their service from the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. Current or former service members can request a certification letter by contacting their County Veterans Service Office.

More information on the Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran License Plates is available on the Internet at


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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