This is a presentation by ACPAC on Veterans to Business.
Definitions of a Veteran
Definition of a Veteran: There are two ways to define a Veteran - by definition and for benefits. There is no standardized legal definiton of "military veteran" in the United States. The two definitions that are used are:
Veteran by definition - a person who has served in the Armed Forces in time of war or peace, with no time limit. "A Veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life."
Veteran by government - as defined in U.S. Code Title 38 - Veteran's Benefits, Part 1 - General Provisions, Section 101 - Definitions:
(2) - The term "Veteran" means means a person who served in the active military, naval,
or air service and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other
(21) - The term ``active military, naval, or air service'' includes:
(A) active duty;
(B) any period of active duty for training during which the
individual concerned was disabled or died from a disease or injury
incurred or aggravated in line of duty; and
(C) any period of inactive duty training during which the
individual concerned was disabled or died:
(i) from an injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty;
(ii) from an acute myocardial infarction, a cardiac arrest,
or a cerebrovascular accident occurring during such training.
!! No where does it say you had to be in a WAR or SERVE OVERSEAS to be called a Veteran !!
The character of discharge you received from the military can be a factor. It is not an issue if you received:
An honorable discharge
A general discharge
A discharge under honorable conditions
The length of your service may also matter. It depends on when you served. There’s no length of service requirement for:
Former enlisted persons who started active duty before September 8, 1980, or
Former officers who first entered active duty before October 17, 1981
All other veterans must have 24 months of continuous active duty military service or meet one of the exceptions described below.
Minimum Service Requirement - You do not have to meet the 24 continuous months of active duty service requirement if you:
Were a reservist who was called to Active Duty and who completed the term for which you were called, and who was granted an other than dishonorable discharge, or
Were a National Guard member who was called to Active Duty by federal executive order, and who completed the term for which you were called, and who was granted an other than dishonorable discharge, or
Only request a benefit for or in connection with:
a service-connected condition or disability; or
treatment and/or counseling of sexual trauma that occurred while on active military service; or
treatment of conditions related to ionizing radiation; or
head or neck cancer related to nose or throat radium treatment while in the military.
Were discharged or released from active duty for a hardship , or
Were discharged with an "early out"; or
Were discharged or released from active duty for a disability that began in the service or got worse because of the service; or
Have been determined by VA to have compensable service-connected conditions; or
Were discharged for a reason other than disability, but you had a medical condition at the time that:
Was disabling, and
In the opinion of a doctor, would have justified a discharge for disability (in this last case, the disability must be documented in service records)
Veterans Doing Business with the Federal Government
Purpose: To provide an overview of the various programs available to Veterans who want to do business with the government.
Veterans Contracting Programs - Additional Information from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC)
VetBiz.gov - Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE)
This provides information about the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) efforts to verify Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs). SDVOSBs and VOSBs who want to participate in the VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program must be verified by CVE in order to be eligible for VA contract set-asides.
NOTE: on 30 September 2013, the VA Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) renamed itself the “Center for Verification and Evaluation.” According to the rule, the purpose of the new name is to “more accurately reflect the mission of this office which is to determine the status of SDVOSBs and VOSBs with respect to VA’s SDVOSB/VOSB set-aside acquisition program established by 38 U.S.C. 8127.”
10 Tips for Veteran-Owned Businesses Seeking to Sell to the U.S. Federal Government
Are you a veteran-owned small business and thinking of selling to your former boss – the U.S. federal government?
Part of the mission of the SBA is to provide assistance to veterans and service-disabled veterans who return home to start, resume or grow their businesses. In addition to supporting veteran business owners through entrepreneurial training, and providing access to capital, the SBA also provides resources, tools and support to help veterans start and grow businesses through government contracting.
If you are a veteran-owned small business, check out these 10 tips for getting started selling to the U.S government and winning a government contract.
1)Boots to Business – Get Help Starting Your Business - Boots to Business is a public-private partnership program that gives service members support to help them learn the nuts and bolts of how to start and grow a business and access SBA tools and resources available to them.
2) Find a Veterans Business Outreach Center – The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development oversees multiple Veterans Business Outreach Centers across the country. In addition to helping veterans build a business plan and start a business, these centers can help veterans land government contracts, get access to mentoring services, and find training.
3) Review your Financing Options – In addition to a range of other loan programs, SBA’s Patriot Express Loan Program that was specifically designed for small businesses that are more than 51 percent owned or controlled by veterans or members of the military community and are available up to $500,000, has ended and just falls under the 7(a) Loan Program.
4) Familiarize Yourself with Small Business Incentives for Government Contracting – The law mandates that government agencies establish contracting goals that require them to reach out and consider small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses for procurement opportunities. Currently, 23 percent of contracts must be awarded to small businesses and three percent to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. These opportunities will help open doors, but you must still be able to sell your business on performance, price and ability. Contact your Veterans Business Outreach Center to learn more about these and other incentive opportunities.
5)Learn About How the Government Buys – The government applies standardized procedures to buy products and services it needs from suppliers that meet certain qualifications. The primary contracting methods used by the government include micro-purchases, simplified procedures, sealed bidding, contract negotiations and consolidated purchasing. Learn more about these in another SBA online training course, Government Contracting 101: How the Government Buys, or read a quick overview of the process in my earlier blog: Government Contracting – Learn how the Government Buys from Small Businesses.
6) Understand the Rules – Understanding the government’s procurement rules is critical to your success as a government contractor. The FAR, or Federal Acquisitions Regulations, is the roadmap for doing business with the government. Check out these resources on SBA.gov to help you become familiar with the regulations that apply to most federal contractors.
7)Size Does Matter – As a small business, certain government programs may apply to you. The question then becomes: What is a small business, or, more specifically, is your firm a small business? Over the years, SBA has established and revised numerical definitions for all for-profit industries, and this numerical definition is called a "size standard." Use SBA’s Size Standard Tool to help determine if your business is truly “small” and qualifies for government contracts.
8) Learn the Process of Selling to the Government and Find Opportunities – Selling to the government is not as big of a mystery as you might think. There are several fundamental steps you should follow:
9)Find Subcontracting Opportunities – An alternative to seeking prime contracts is to explore subcontracting opportunities. Subcontracting with a prime contractor can be a profitable experience as well as a growth opportunity for a business. To help small businesses find opportunities, SBA maintains SUB-Net, a searchable database of available subcontract opportunities.
10)Have a Question? – If you have questions about the federal marketplace, government contracting methods, contract opportunities or winning recovery and other federal contracts, check out the following resources:
Get In-Person Assistance and Training – SBA and its resource partners can answer your questions about the federal market place, government contracting methods, and finding contract opportunities. Find your local SBA office, Veterans Business Outreach Center and more with this interactive map.
Returning Veterans Skills Training Fund The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) provides $1 million in funding for the Returning Veterans Skills Training Fund. No longer available.
VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011 http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/ The VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 was recently passed by Congress to provide assistance for unemployed Veterans. If you are an unemployed Veteran between the ages of 35 and 60 you might qualify. If you know other Veterans that may qualify, please spread the word about this program.
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) was part of the recently passed legislation. The program is a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Labor (DOL) joint effort to provide training to Veterans unable to find work.
VRAP will provide 12 months of training assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program (currently paying $1,473 per month). Participants must be enrolled in a program approved for VA benefits that is offered by a community college or technical school.
The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree or a Certificate. To qualify, a Veteran must: • Be at least 35 but no more than 60 years old • Be unemployed on the day of application • Have an other than dishonorable discharge • Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance) • Not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability • Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program • Pursue a program that leads to employment in a high demand occupation
The program is limited to 45,000 participants between July 1, 2012, and September 30, 2012, and an additional 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. DOL will provide employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of their program.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The EBV is designed to open the door to business ownership for our veterans by developing your skills in the many steps and activities associated with launching and growing a small business, and by helping you leverage programs and services for veterans and people with disabilities in a way that furthers your entrepreneurial dreams.
The EBV program is offered through a national partnership of exceptional universities: the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University’s College of Business, Mays Business School at Texas A&M, the University of Connecticut School of Business, and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Each of these world-class business schools will offer the EBV program on their campuses in 2010.
To be eligible for the program:
A 'service-connected disability' as designated by the Veterans Administration or Department of Defense;