Multiple Agencies Provide Assistance to Service-disabled Veterans or Entrepreneurs, but Specific Needs Are Difficult to Identify and Coordination Is Weak
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As of July 2008, the Department of Defense DOD reported that almost 33,000 servicemembers had been wounded in action as part of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some of these servicemembers could have injuries that keep them from easily entering or returning to the workplace upon their exit from the military. For some service-disabled veterans, starting a business may be one option for entering or returning to the workforce. In the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 P.L. 106-50, Congress stated that too little had been done to help veterans particularly service-disabled veterans, in starting small businesses. This law established the framework for the Small Business Administration SBA, the Department of Veterans Affairs VA, the Department of Labor DOL, DOD, and others to coordinate in providing entrepreneurial assistance to veterans and service-disabled veterans. To improve coordination and enhance small business assistance to veterans, the law required that these agencies enter into memorandums of understanding MOU as specified in the 1999 Act but not all of the agencies were required to participate in each of the MOUs established the National Veterans Business Development Corporation now known as The Veterans Corporation to assist veterans, including service-disabled veterans, in forming and expanding small businesses and established a government wide federal procurement goal for the participation of small businesses owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.
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