Upon the death of a veteran issued these special plates, his or her surviving spouse may retain the special plates. Upon the death of the spouse, these plates shall be returned within 60 days following that death or upon the expiration of the vehicle’s registration, whichever comes first. Contact local Department Public Safety for their guidelines.
Newspapers and television networks will have Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day scheduled events and activities.
Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained.
The numbers to be avoided are: 800-872-1000 (the National Call Center number is 800-827-1000) and 888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center is 888-442-4551). VA has asked law enforcement authorities to address this situation. Please be careful dialing the correct numbers.
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Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.