Purple Heart Veterans To Receive Free City Stickers
But the City of Chicago is going to try to pass on a little appreciation to these brave men and women in the form of free city stickers.
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza along with Aldermen Timothy Cullerton and James Balcer co-sponsored legislation to make this token of thanks a reality on Wednesday.
The Purple Heart is awarded to U.S. military who have been wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. Military. Disabled veterans and former prisoners of war already are eligible for free city stickers.
“There are approximately 300 vehicles licensed to Purple Heart recipients in Chicago,” said City Clerk Mendoza. “These are military personnel who put their lives on the line for us during times of war and were put in great danger. It only makes sense for them to receive a free city vehicle sticker, just as our disabled veterans and POW veterans currently do.”
This new piece of legislation also codifies a long-standing practice of the City Clerk’s Office to waive late fees for returning military personnel. Any U.S. Armed Forces personnel stationed outside of the City at the time of the city vehicle sticker purchase deadline of July 15, will have 30 days when they return home to purchase their city sticker before incurring a late fee. However, these returning military will need to provide sufficient proof of deployment, such as military orders, to receive the fee waiver.
“I am proud to co-sponsor this ordinance with City Clerk Susana Mendoza and Alderman James Balcer, himself a highly decorated Purple Heart Veteran, as a sign of our city’s recognition and thanks to the brave men and women of Chicago who served selflessly in our Armed Forces and who were wounded in battle while serving our country, defending our freedoms,” said Alderman Cullerton.
The legislation is expected to have a financial impact of approximately $30,000 to $40,000 in vehicle sticker fee waivers for Purple Heart recipients.