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Veteran Parking Privileges in Texas

Veteran Parking Privileges in Texas

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Did you know you do not have to pay for metered parking (except for a branch of the federal government) if you have Disabled Veteran Plates (must have DV in license plate number)?  How about the same for Medals noted in statute? Texas is known for how it treats its veterans and parking privileges are another perk.

Currently in Transportation Code 504, the following Medals are noted as eligible for no metered parking fees (except federal government parking meters):

     Distinguished Flying Cross with or without Valor

     World War II Army of Occupation Medal

     Air Medal with or without V

     Distinguished Service Medal

     Commendation Medal with V

     Pearl Harbor Survivor designation

     Medal of Honor

Air Force Cross

     Air Force, Army and Navy Distinguished Service Cross

     Purple Heart

     Silver Star

     Defense Meritorious Service Medal

     Coast Guard Medal

     Airman’s Medal

Soldier’s Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

Prisoner of War Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit

HB2296 was filed on February 14, 2023, and referred to the House Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee on March 9, 2023.  This bill would add the following Medals to the list of those who are exempt from paying for metered parking:

     Air Force, Armed Forces, Navy, Marine Corps and Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medals

     Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals

     Kosovo Campaign Medal

     Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

     China Service Medal

     Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

VFW Post 3904 will be watching this bill.  Please check back to our Facebook page or our blog for updated information as this bill goes through the process.


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