Charleston Representative Wendell Gilliard wants more veterans to be eligible for parking privileges. Gilliard says by the new legislative session in January he plans on having a proposal that calls for more eligible veterans to receive parking privileges.
The proposal would allow disabled veterans with less debilitating injuries to get the special license plates. Under current law, a veteran has to be permanently disabled to obtain a handicapped license plate–but with Gilliard’s change, it would allow 70 percent disabled vets to get the tag.
Gilliard says a Citadel professor who works with wounded veterans requested the idea. The proposal would only change the number of vets who get the tag, as the actual license plate would not change.
Gilliard has two sons currently serving the country.