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Lower Drinking Age Proposed for Service Members

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Eighteen-year-old active duty service members can vote, smoke and fight for their country, but they can't have a drink - a Maryland Senator is looking to change that.

A bill proposed by Sen. Ron Young, D-Frederick, would allow active duty service members who are at least 18-years-old to be served beer and wine.

The service member would be required to show their armed forced identification at the bar or restaurant where they are being served.

But not everyone thinks the bill is a good idea. Kara Jester lives in Salisbury, "I don't think it's a good idea at all. I don't think they should be able to use that as a stress reliever. They are under so much stress and pressure. It's definitely not a good idea."

Other people WBOC spoke with said they felt that if military members are willing to risk their life, they should be able to drink. In a statement, Senator Young told WBOC "“I feel as though if someone is asked to put their life at risk for our country, they ought to be able to have a beer.”

The bill is scheduled for a hearing Friday.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program has already spoken out against the bill, saying that supporting troops and supporting the national minimum drinking age-21- are not mutually exclusive. The group says people can support troops and also support a drinking age of 21.

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