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Army veteran sues Michigan, wants 'infidel' plate
KINGSFORD, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan man who was a combat soldier during the Iraq war is suing to get a personalized license plate carrying a shortened variation of the word "infidel."
Michael Matwyuk (MATT'-we-ook) says the Michigan Department of State rejected him because the plate could offend people. He says it's a violation of his First Amendment right, and he filed suit Wednesday in Grand Rapids federal court with help from the American Civil Liberties Union.
The 57-year-old lives in the Upper Peninsula community of Kingsford and is a retired U.S. Army sergeant. He saw combat in Fallujah, Iraq, and sustained brain injuries and hearing loss.
Matwyuk says soldiers were repeatedly called "infidels" or non-believers by enemies in Iraq who were Muslim. An email seeking comment was sent to the state.