May 26, 1999
(202) 628-2700 Ext. 158
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA JOINS IN REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE PASSAGE
OF SMALL BUSINESS LEGISLATION
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
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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