A former Army sergeant is suing the state of Michigan alleging it denied him a personalized license plate with a variation of the word "infidel," violating his free speech rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in Grand Rapids on behalf of a Michael Matwyuk, a 57-year-old combat veteran from Kingsford, Mich., who said he views the word "infidel" as a badge of pride.

Matwyuk, said he deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2005 with an engineer detachment and was hurt in Fallujah, according to the lawsuit. He said he and fellow troops were constantly under attack by insurgents who called U.S. soldiers "infidels" as an insult.

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