“Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2015”
Paralyzed Veterans of America applauds the April 22, 2015, introduction of the by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI). The bill would expand eligibility for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program ( http://www.caregiver.va.gov/ ) to caregivers of veterans of all eras with service-connected catastrophic disabilities by eliminating the post-9/11 injury requirement and including “serious illnesses and diseases” in the eligibility criteria.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities (EBV) Helps Veterans Who Can’t Fit the 9-to-5 Mold Become Entrepreneurs
by Hanah Cho
Adjusting to civilian life after military service can be tough for veterans, especially those with disabilities.
As they make the transition, many veterans are turning to entrepreneurship, forgoing traditional 9-to-5 jobs. In 2007, military veterans owned 2.4 million businesses, or 9% of all U.S. enterprises, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Last year, there were 3.2 million veterans who had served on active duty since September 2001, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each year, over 250,000 service members leave the military.
SBA Boots Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Over Finding of Affiliation
The SBA’s SDVOSB program is largely driven by decisions of the Veteran Administration (or Department of Defense). As a general rule of thumb, a small business owner needs either the VA or DoD to verify his or her service-disabled status in order to move forward with certifying as a SDVOSB and bidding on set-aside work.
But that VA approval is not bulletproof . . .
A recent SBA appeal rejected the SDVOSB status of G&C Fab-Con – a New Jersey-based construction contractor. G&C’s majority owner was approved by the VA as both a service-disabled veteran and the company’s unconditional owner. Based in part on that approval, G&C was selected as the winner of three VA procurements for construction projects at national cemeteries, each of which was set aside for a SDVOSB with less than $33.5 million average annual receipts.
Lawmakers cut veterans property tax relief
Philip Grey, The Leaf-Chronicle
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Future disabled veterans and other groups in Tennessee seeking to take advantage of a property tax relief program now face a reduced benefit and tougher qualifying rules. Lack of opposition to amended law means future elderly, disabled vets and surviving spouses face a smaller property tax relief benefit under new rules awaiting governor’s signature
Eight Small Biz Bills Sent to Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2015) — The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has approved eight bills aimed at improving small firms’ access to capital and bolstering the technical assistance offerings of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), according to the National Small Business Association.
The following bills now await action on the Senate floor, the NSBA said:
c Veterans Entrepreneurship Act (S. 957) — which would permanently make Small Business Administration (SBA) loans less expensive for veterans in the Express loan program by waiving loan fees;
New initiative pairs small veteran-owned businesses with larger companies
By Heath Druzin
A new business initiative that features some of the biggest companies in the country aims to connect veteran-owned small businesses with larger corporations.
The Coalition for Veteran Owned Business, a collaboration between Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and First Data Corp., launched Tuesday as a way to put an estimated 2.5 million veteran- and military family-owned businesses into the supply chains of large corporations.
VLM Stone 5/9/2015