BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Jason Donin is an MSU student and a Navy veteran. He said he had a hard time getting a job in between serving and enrolling in school.

"It was a lot harder than I expected" he said.

On a couple occasions, he felt a bias against him because he was fresh out of the military. Others like Micca Henry said they've experienced the same when interviewing for jobs.

Henry, who's in the National Guard, said it's hard to explain the time he'd have to miss from work.

"I'm gone one week in a month, minimum two weeks a year" he said. "And there's a possibility, say, in the next year and a half, two years I'll be deployed that sometimes cause problems."

They said serving the country can work against them.

But House Bill 153 aims to change that. It would provide tax credits to an employer for hiring and retaining a National Guard, reserve or active duty veteran- essentially anyone who could get called to serve.

The employer would get $100 for each qualifying veteran, and an amount equal to five percent of their wages over 18 months.

Larry Bowman with Ace Hardware said it'd be helpful with hiring new employees.

"When we go to hire a person, there's a number of things that we look at" he said. "If a veteran was applying for a position at our store- that would certainly be a positive factor."

Henry said the program certainly wouldn't hurt with getting a job. "It sounds like it could be a good program for veterans" he said.

But Donin worries it'll single veterans out, leading to favoritism.

"I think it's a good idea in principle" he said. "I do have some hesitations about the affirmative action and whatnot."

Bowman said to avoid that, they'd still stick to their normal hiring standards.

"We always do look for the most qualified applicant that we can find for any of our positions" he said.

He said they'd take the incentive as a plus if they did hire a veteran.

House Bill 153 was heard on Wednesday, and it's currently making it's way through the House.