Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Mongomery) and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), both candidates for Maryland governor, chat in Crisfield, Md., at an annual clam bake. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) picked up an endorsement of his 2014 gubernatorial bid Wednesday from a national veterans organization.

The backing of served to highlight Brown’s military service — part of his rsum that his campaign routinely touts — and could help with fundraising efforts. The group, which claims 360,000 members nationwide, seeks to elect veterans to public office, particularly those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brown is an Army Reservist who was deployed to Iraq in 2004 while a member of the House of Delegates representing Prince George’s County. His military career began while a a student at Harvard University when he enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

“His command of the most pressing issues facing Maryland, and his stellar record tackling tough issues – including military and veterans’ issues – have impressed everyone,” Jon Soltz, chairman of, said in a statement Wednesday.

Brown faces a competitive Democratic primary in June against Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), who plans to formally announce his gubernatorial bid in September; and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery), who entered the race this month.