A new Virginia license plate will allow the state to pay the cost of children’s services for the first time in the nation.
The license plate was created to pay back a debt incurred in the construction of a children’s facility at the VA Medical Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
The facility is now slated to be torn down in 2023.
The new license plates will cost $8,000 and will be available through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the Associated Press reports.
“The new Virginia plate will be for children’s service.
That will be our new priority and we hope to have it out by the end of next year,” Virginia Department Director of Public Information Mark McFarland said in a statement.
“We have a lot of work to do to create a strong economy and a strong system for the care of children, but the children are already here and the work is already underway.”
The VA has been struggling with a $2.4 billion debt load, according to the Virginia Governor’s Office.
The facility at VA Medical is now set to be demolished and the project is expected to be completed in 2027.