Widow Beats DMV to Get Veteran’s Benefits

pierceA determined Billings, Montana widow got an apology and a check from DMV after it wrongly denied her benefits under a disabled veteran’s law. Evelyn Pierce’s husband Billy–a disabled Korean war veteran–died in 1999 and DMV confiscated his disabled veteran’s license plates. Under Montana law at the time, a surviving spouse was not eligible to retain the plates or to have registration fees waived. Montana changed the law in 2003 but DMV persisted in denying Pierce the waiver of the registration fees. After enlisting the aid of State Senator Roger Webb, Pierce was finally given a refund and an apology.

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