Bill to allow veterans hiring preference headed to Haslam

Veterans

By Jake Lowary

Once or twice a week, a veteran who recently got out of the Army walks in to Frank Mir’s office in Clarksville hoping to find a way not wearing Army green.

Mir is the director of the Veterans Service Organization in Clarksville, where the concentration of veterans and their family members is among the highest in the state.

“A lot of veterans are afraid to go out into the workforce,” Mir said.

A bill passed unanimously by the Senate on Monday night would alleviate some of those worries by allowing all businesses across the state to offer preferential hiring for veterans, their family members and widows of veterans. The same measure passed the House unanimously last week.

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