by Eugene Ogozalek
Most astonishingly, after Ms. Smith’s denial of my protest of Bray Mooney, and after I received my verification back, all of my solicitations for work in VISN 4 were ignored. For the last four years I have received no work from VISN 4. I call that blacklisting.
At 67 years old, I am a bit exhausted of this nonsense. Losing my staff because of these events has infuriated me. The VA broke their promise to me as a SDVOSB architect and combat wounded U.S. Marine of Vietnam.
As I have stated before in VetLikeMe, the CVE verification process under Tom Leney had little concern for the genuine issues facing SDVOSB firms. He has
personalized the verification process to match his own arrogant, and miserable demeanor. He insulted me during an open forum in New Orleans during the
National SDVOSB convention, when he said that my problem was not his problem, and essentially motioned for me to sit down and shut up. That was in front
of 500 people. Mind you, less than an hour earlier, Secretary Shinseki assured everyone in his opening remarks that the VA was fully committed to serving the
service disabled veteran entrepreneur. I guess Tom Leney was late for those opening remarks. Anything is better than the current CVE process. Hopefully, the
SBA will take more interest in locking up the frauds than Mr. Leney has been. I am willing to help if anyone at the SBA cares. The frauds and Tom Leney’s
indifference to them has helped to destroy my company.
Eugene M. Ogozalek, Member American Institute of Architects since 1978
India Co. 3rd Bn / 4th Marines, 3rd MarDiv in Vietnam, 1967-68, Infantryman
Purple Heart, Meritorious Unit Citation