Complete Hearing for ‘Defend the Guard’ in Maryland

By: Hunter DeRensis
February 08, 2022

On February 8, 2022, the Health and Government Operations Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates heard testimony regarding H.B. 273, the “Defend the Guard Act.” Six individuals spoke to the committee remotely, including three military veterans. Nine additional people submitted written testimony which can be found here. No person testified against the bill.

Here is a link to the complete hearing, and below you will find a brief description of each person who testified.

Del. Robin Grammer Jr. (R-District 6), primary sponsor of the Defend the Guard Act. 

Eric Blitz, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maryland.

Dan McKnight, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, U.S. Army, and Idaho National Guard combat veteran and Chairman of Bring Our Troops Home.

Brandon Williamson, a U.S. Army veteran and Director of Social Media at Young Americans for Liberty.

Dylan Griffith, a U.S. Army veteran and member of Veterans for Peace.

Elisa Cuapio, a Maryland resident.