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Mother of soldier wants Gold Star license plate requirements loosened

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Mary Dugan, a gold star mother, poses for a portrait at her home in Bozeman on Tuesday, June 12. Dugan has been battling the legislature of Montana to assign her a military gold star license plate for her vehicle, which the state has declined to assign to her due to her son, an active duty airman, who was killed in Arkansas and not on a battlefield.

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An American Gold Star Mother membership card stands next to Mary Dugan's late son, Airman First Class Kyle Charles Truitt, memorial altar at her home in Bozeman on Tuesday, June 12. Dugan has been battling the legislature of Montana to assign her a military gold star license plate for her vehicle, which the state has declined to assign to her due to her son, an active duty airman, who was killed in Arkansas and not on a battlefield.

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Mary Dugan hangs a gold star flag at her home in Bozeman on Tuesday, June 12. Dugan has been battling the legislature of Montana to assign her a military gold star license plate for her vehicle, which the state has declined to assign to her due to her son, an active duty airman, who was killed in Arkansas and not on a battlefield.

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Mary Dugan watches a tribute video of her late son, Airman First Class Kyle Charles Truitt, at her home in Bozeman on Tuesday, June 12. Dugan has been battling the legislature of Montana to assign her a military gold star license plate for her vehicle, which the state has declined to assign to her due to her son, an active duty airman, who was killed in Arkansas and not on a battlefield.

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Mary Dugan goes through government paperwork of her late son, Airman First Class Kyle Charles Truitt, at her home in Bozeman on Tuesday, June 12. Dugan has been battling the legislature of Montana to assign her a military gold star license plate for her vehicle, which the state has declined to assign to her due to her son, an active duty airman, who was killed in Arkansas and not on a battlefield.

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Mary Dugan goes through old family albums of her late son, Airman First Class Kyle Charles Truitt, at her home in Bozeman on Tuesday, June 12. Dugan has been battling the legislature of Montana to assign her a military gold star license plate for her vehicle, which the state has declined to assign to her due to her son, an active duty airman, who was killed in Arkansas and not on a battlefield.

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Mary Dugan, a gold star mother, poses for a portrait at her home in Bozeman on Tuesday, June 12. Dugan has been battling the legislature of Montana to assign her a military gold star license plate for her vehicle, which the state has declined to assign to her due to her son, an active duty airman, who was killed in Arkansas and not on a battlefield.

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Mary Dugan’s son died while serving in the U.S. Air Force. But because he wasn’t killed in combat, Dugan isn’t eligible for a Gold Star Family license plate.

In Montana, Gold Star plates are awarded only to people who have lost a family member in war.

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