The Pat Tillman statue at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Already in the hearts and minds of Sun Devils worldwide, one of the most revered figures in Arizona State history may soon find his way onto your license plate for a very good cause.
In December, State Representative Michelle Ugenti of District 8 sponsored House Bill 2042. With the title of "Fallen Hero Special Plates" and informally known as the Pat Tillman Legacy bill, the legislation would institute a commutative license plate available to Arizona drivers that would serve to honor the legacy of Tillman and others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
If passed, HB 2042 would create a special Pat Tillman license plate that celebrates the life of the former ASU legend, Arizona Cardinal and U.S. Army Ranger who was tragically killed by friendly fire on April 22, 2004. For an additional $25 on top of their annual registration fees to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division, drivers would receive the plate, currently under design by the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Of the $25, $17 would go to the Pat Tillman Foundation to help fund the Tillman Miltary Scholars program, which provides educational opportunities for active service members and veterans, as well as their families.
On Thursday, the bill passed a vote in the Arizona House of Representatives Transportation Committee, and now moves on to a vote by the full 60-member House. That vote is tentatively schedule for sometime next week.
The bill reportedly contains an emergency clause, meaning that should two-thirds of the House and Senate approve the bill along with the Governor's signature, it would go into effect before the next Pat's Run event, which will be held this year on April 21 [Register for Pat's Run here].
Regardless of any political leanings, this is a great cause for all Arizonans to pay tribute to a true hero and ASU legend while helping current service men and women.
Whether you are a fan, alum, or student of Arizona State, or just someone who recognizes the debt we owe the men and women in service of this country, we at House of Sparky strongly encourage you to contact your local House representative today and inform them of your support for HB 2042...and America.
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If available, would you get a Pat Tillman license plate?
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