Annapolis, MD – A bill that would allow employers to give preferential hiring and promotions to veterans and to spouses of a disabled or deceased service member, was heard in the Maryland Senate Finance committee last week after passing through the Maryland House 134-1 last month.

The unemployment rate for Maryland veterans is 8.5 percent, more than 3 percentage points higher than the national rate for unemployed service members, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This bill would give Maryland’s 427,068 ex-military members literal bonus points when applying for a job or petitioning for a raise.