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General Assembly Passes Bill To Help Veterans

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to help veterans as they transition to the civilian workforce in Maryland has cleared the General Assembly.

Lawmakers gave final passage to the bill Monday. The measure is supported by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is a colonel in the U.S. Army reserves and part of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration.

The bill removes certain barriers to employment when veterans make the transition from military service to the civilian workforce.

The measure enables veterans who apply for occupational and professional licenses in Maryland to get credit for their military training, education and experience. It requires public colleges and universities to develop policies to award academic credit for relevant military training and education. It also creates an expedited licensing procedure for veterans and military spouses who hold professional licenses in other states.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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