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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Governor Beebe signed into law the Voluntary Veterans Preference bill.

The bill provides private employers with a more compliant method of including veterans in their hiring practices--something that one injured veteran said is much needed with more men and women coming home from war.

"It's an opportunity not only for our veterans and our employers to take an investment we already have as taxpaying individuals that are returning from the wars as they've drawndown and the defense cuts are eminent to make our state more power by employing these individuals. So it is a win-win all around," Cpl. Aaron Mankin, with the US Marine Corp, said.

Corporal Mankin was injured during the fight in Iraq. He said he got involved with this bill because he still had more to give.

Private employers are not required to participate and can elect whether the preference applies to hiring, promotion or a reduction in force.

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