(1) The legislature intends to establish a permissive preference in private employment for certain veterans.
(2) In every private, nonpublic employment in this state, honorably discharged soldiers, sailors, and marines who are veterans of any war of the United States, or of any military campaign for which a campaign ribbon has been awarded, and their widows or widowers, may be preferred for employment. Spouses of honorably discharged veterans who have a service connected permanent and total disability may also be preferred for employment. These preferences are not considered violations of any state or local equal employment opportunity law, including but not limited to any statute or regulation adopted under chapter 49.60
(3) "Veteran" has the same meanings as defined in RCW 41.04.005
, and includes a current member of the national guard or armed forces reserves who has been deployed to serve in an armed conflict.