No. 005-98  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              November 1998                           (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


Vietnam Veterans of America's National President George C. Duggins and Director of Government Relations Richard F. Weidman gained commitment to increase assistance to veterans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on November 9, 1998. 

In a meeting conducted by the Administrator of the SBA, Aida Alvarez, the Veterans Affairs Task Force for Entrepreneurship received recommendations from President Duggins who was the representative spokesperson for the veterans service organizations in attendance,.  Ms. Alvarez said during the meeting, "The SBA has made a strateginc commitment to ensure that the doors of economic opportunity and business ownership are open to those who have done so much tomake this country strong."  "Veterans who wish to start or expand their businesses have the full support of the SBA.  These recommendations will serve as a catalyst for SBA's new veterans' initiative,." Ms. Alvarez said. 
Vietnam Veterans of America point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 or  

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