No. 010-99  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              May 26, 1999                       (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


During this Small Business Week, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) has joined with more than 34 veterans service organizations in support of H.R. 1568, the AVeterans' Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999.@  This bi-partisan supported legislation, sponsored by Rep. James Talent (R-MO), calls for the SBA to open up many of its programs to veterans, and creates some key veteran-specific programs to help veterans and disabled veterans successfully start up and maintain small businesses.

In a joint letter to Aida Alvarez, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), VVA and over twenty veterans service organizations called on her to publicly and Aenthusiastically@ support H.R. 1568.  In the letter, Administrator Alvarez is asked to support Aimmediate passage of this legislation.@  Ms. Alvarez has been extremely supportive of veterans, having created the SBA Veterans' Afffairs Task Force which made many recommendations currently incorporated in H.R. 1568.

Commenting on the AVeterans' Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999,@ VVA President George Duggins said, AThis legislation will open up many doors of opportunity for veterans, particularly disabled veterans and young veterans, just leaving the service.  Veterans have sacrificed time and time again so that the American Dream will thrive for all Americans.  With the Administrator's support, many veterans will now be ensured their opportunity to participate and contribute to this strong economy that they have defended.

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VVA's point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (202) 628- 2700 Ext.158. 

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is 
"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." 

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