Dell Technologies


VAMBOA believes that this information is important to our membership and all Veteran Business Owners especially those who are Service-Connected Disabled Veteran Business Owners due to Agent Orange.

The Veterans Administration announced two major decisions related to presumptive conditions associated with Agent Orange and particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia.

Agent Orange

VA will begin implementing provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law 116-283), adding three conditions to the list of those presumptively associated with exposure to herbicide agents, more commonly known as Agent Orange. Those conditions are bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism.

“Many of our Nation’s Veterans have waited a long time for these benefits,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough. “VA will not make them wait any longer. This is absolutely the right thing to do for Veterans and their families.”

VA will apply the provisions of court orders related to Nehmer v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which may result in an earlier date for entitlement to benefits for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Vietnam War-era Veterans and their survivors who previously filed and were denied benefits for one of these three new presumptive conditions will have their cases automatically reviewed without the need to refile a claim. VA will send letters to impacted Veterans and survivors.

Particulate Matter Exposures

The Secretary recently concluded the first iteration of a newly formed internal VA process to review scientific evidence to support rulemaking, resulting in the recommendation to consider the creation of new presumptions of service connection for respiratory conditions based on VA’s evaluation of a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report and other evidence. VA’s review supports the initiation of rulemaking to address the role that particulate matter pollution plays in generating chronic respiratory conditions, which may include asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis for Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War and/or after September 19, 2001, or in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan during the Persian Gulf War.

“VA is establishing a holistic approach to determining toxic exposure presumption going forward. We are moving out smartly in initiating action to consider these and other potential new presumptions, grounded in science and in keeping with my authority as Secretary of VA,” said Secretary McDonough.

VA is initiating rulemaking to consider adding respiratory conditions, which may include asthma, sinusitis, and rhinitis, to the list of chronic disabilities based on an association with military service in Southwest Asia, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan during the covered periods of conflict. VA will conduct broad outreach efforts to reach impacted Veterans and it encourages them to participate in the rulemaking process.

For more information, visit our website at Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Exposures – Public Health.

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Forbes list of best employers for veterans in 2020

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Companies now “get it” and realize the value that Veterans bring to the their companies.  This has increased their recruitment offers for Veterans.  Recruiting Veterans also hits many of the boxes for Diversity and Inclusion.   As a result the jobless rate for Veterans has decreased significantly, less than half from 6.6 percent in 2013 to 3.1 percent in 2019 (pre-Covid).

We think that this list might be an asset to Veteran Small Business Owners that more often than not, hire Veterans when they are looking to add employees.

Forbes in partnership with the market research firm, Statista surveyed more than 5,000 United States Veterans who served including National Guard and Reserves.  All of those survey work either full or part time for over 1,000 employers.   The survey was conducted from March, 2020 to June June, 2020.  It asked respondents to evaluate their employers’ working conditions and approach to diversity and inclusion as well as whether their environment is veteran-friendly.  Below is a list of the Best Employers.   On a personal note, a company in my own county, Harbor Freight Tools in Camarillo, California (located in Ventura county) came in first.

Some additional factors to consider in this survey are that men outnumbered women in Forbes’ survey, a reflection of the predominance of men in the armed forces, and a substantial percentage of respondents, 40%, held upper management positions. Some 8% of veterans said they worked in the aerospace and defense industry, compared to 2.7% of respondents for Forbes’ 2019 list of America’s Best Employers.

On a personal note, I want to add a few companies that I personally know values, hires, and invests in Veteran Employees.  Johnson and Johnson not only hire Veterans but has an entire department to provide resources as does Dell Technologies.   VAMBOA salutes all these Veteran Friendly companies.

Below is the Forbes full list of the 150 Best Employers for Veterans:


Rank Name  
1 Harbor Freight Tools  
2 Northeastern University  
3 Procter & Gamble  
4 Fidelity Investments  
5 Booz Allen Hamilton  
6 United Services Automobile Association (USAA)  
7 O’Reilly Auto Parts  
8 VMware  
9 Edward Jones    
10 Xcel Energy    
11 Southwest Airlines    
12 1st Source Bank    
13 Publix Super Markets    
14 CACI International    
15 Vanguard    
16 Texas Roadhouse    
17 Janney    
18 Abbott Laboratories    
19 H-E-B    
20 Froedtert Health    
21 Department of the Treasury    
22 Intel    
23 Methodist Health System (Nebraska)    
24 TTEC    
25 Citigroup    
Rank Name    
26 Social Security Administration    
27 American International Group    
28 Burns & McDonnell Engineering    
29 Cass Information Systems    
30 BAE Systems    
31 Lockheed Martin    
32 Michelin Group      
33 Apple      
34 Re/Max      
35 Department of the Interior      
36 Choice Hotels International      
37 Coldwell Banker      
38 Lee Memorial Health System      
39 NTT Data      
40 TD Bank      
41 Henry Ford Health System      
42 American Tower      
43 Brunswick      
44 Bank of America      
45 Ball      
46 NASA      
47 State of Arkansas      
48 Avera      
49 SpaceX      
50 CDW      
Rank Name      
51 State Farm      
52 Boeing      
53 OhioHealth      
54 Southern Company      
55 Delta Air Lines      
56 Humana      
57 Sutter Health      
58 Hartford HealthCare      
59 DaVita      
60 Jeld-Wen Holding      
61 Affiliated Managers Group      
62 Insight Enterprises      
63 Fidelity National Financial      
64 Hilton      
65 Intercontinental Hotels Group      
66 Canon      
67 Saia      
68 Accenture      
69 AutoZone      
70 24 Hour Home Care      
71 Western Governors University      
72 Salvation Army      
73 Prudential Financial      
74 Ameriprise Financial      
75 Ochsner Health System      
Rank Name      
76 Samsung Electronics      
77 Smithfield Foods      
78 University of Alabama      
79 Walt Disney      
80 Tesla      
81 Home Depot      
82 Ford Motor      
83 Deloitte      
84 PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric)      
85 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services      
86 Microsoft      
87 PSEG (Public Service Enterprise Group)      
88 Truist Financial      
89 Autodesk      
90 First Financial Bank      
91 Amazon      
92 DHS – Department of Homeland Security      
93 UCHealth      
94 Ally Financial      
95 SAIC      
96 Huntington Ingalls Industries      
97 JetBlue Airways      
98 Cisco Systems      
99 U.S. Courts      
100 Camping World Holdings      
Rank Name      
101 Zurich Insurance Group      
102 Nike      
103 Mercy Healthcare & Social    
104 BASF Construction, Oil & Gas

Operations, Mining and Chemicals

105 Goodyear Automotive (Automotive

and Suppliers)

106 Sherwin-Williams Construction, Oil & Gas

Operations, Mining and Chemicals

107 Northrop Grumman Aerospace & Defense    
108 American Systems IT, Internet, Software &


109 Nissan Motor Automotive (Automotive

and Suppliers)

110 Des Moines Public Schools Education    
111 National Grid USA Utilities    
112 U.S. Department of Justice Government Services    
113 Google IT, Internet, Software &


114 ExxonMobil Construction, Oil & Gas

Operations, Mining and


115 United Airlines Transportation and


116 DCH Health System Healthcare & Social    
117 HSBC Holdings Banking and Financial


118 IBM IT, Internet, Software & Services    
119 Osceola County Government Services    
120 Loews Hotels Travel & Leisure    
121 Becton Dickinson Health Care Equipment &


122 General Dynamics Aerospace & Defense    
123 Aerojet Rocketdyne Aerospace & Defense    
124 DTE Energy Utilities    
125 Jacobs Technology Solutions


Rank Name Industries    
126 Waste Management Utilities    
127 Marriott International Travel & Leisure    
128 Wyndham Destinations Travel & Leisure    
129 L3Harris Technologies Aerospace & Defense    
130 Lennar Construction, Oil & Gas

Operations, Mining and


131 PNC Financial Services Banking and Financial


132 Advocate Health Care Healthcare & Social    
133 Saputo Cheese Food, Soft Beverages,

Alcohol & Tobacco

134 3M Packaged Goods    
135 Ascension Healthcare & Social    
136 Mohawk Industries Engineering,


137 JPMorgan Chase Banking and Financial


138 Apollo Retail Business Services &


139 Designer Brands Clothing, Shoes, Sports


140 School District of Osceola County Education    
141 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Education    
142 Roche Holding Drugs & Biotechnology    
143 NextEra Energy Utilities    
144 National Vision Hldgs Health Care Equipment &


145 Accounting Principals Professional Services    
146 General Motors Automotive (Automotive

and Suppliers)

147 Caterpillar Engineering, Manufacturing    
148 Navy Federal Credit Union Banking and Financial


149 Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Government Services    
150 Bosch Engineering,





Increasing Your Business

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To grow your Small Veteran Owned Business, you must get out the word and grow your business to new potential customers.   This means you need to focus on marketing and more marketing.   This article will help you evaluate ways to attract new customers to your business and retain and engage your current customers.   There are a multitude of marketing channels available today and one or all of them might be a good fit for your business.

Email Marketing:

Email marketing is both effective and an inexpensive way to reach new and existing clients.   It requires a solid list of contacts and engaging content.   The content can tell your story and include special discounts, coupons, tips, and important information that concerns your market.

Work on building a list of contacts by capturing the email addresses of your clients, referrals, and business colleagues.   You can build this list from asking customers to fill out or register on your website or blog, live and industry event and subscriptions.   It makes sense to offer those that register value too.  Keep those on your list engaged by sending them emails regularly with a concise and strong subject line or call to action that tells those receiving your email your message.   Always include something of value in your message such as valuable information or discounts.

There are excellent email services available that are fairly cost effective to assist you.   These services will help you design, compose with content, and deploy your emails.  Additionally, they will help you manage your contact lists and view the results of your emails to learn what works best. Some of most popular services include iContact, Constant Contact, MailChimp, AWeber and GetResponse to name a few.

Direct Mail:

Direct Mail should be included on the list although it can be much more costly than email marketing.  Direct mail includes catalogs, postcards, flyers and can help build the identity of your brand and business.  Printed materials are something more tangible and will get attention since as they are mailed.  You will need the snail mail addresses of your customers and potential customers.  You can use your own list and/or supplement it by renting a list from a direct mail vendor.

Social Media:

Social media is an excellent way to truly engage your customers and potential customers as well as learn their preferences. There are five major social media platform and they include:

  • Facebook that has over one billion users and allows you to post, invite and use targeted ads. Many feel that Facebook can provide the biggest bang or return on investment.
  • Twitter is a huge platform that allows you to share ideas, information, and insights concisely with a limit of 140 characters.
  • LinkedIn is a professional networking site that enables you to connect with other businesspeople and post insights and join like-minded professional online groups that will increase the reach of your business.
  • Instagram is visual and you can share images, photos, and videos to showcase your product line and/or service.
  • Blogging is an effective way to tell the story of your business and share your products and expertise.

It does not matter if you use one or all of them.  It is important to post regularly, respond to comments, complaints, and inquiries and really listen to what prospects are telling you online.


This is one of the most effective methods to let potential customers know about your business.   It can be expensive, so it is imperative to plan carefully and identify your target market to time and place ads in the best venues for your needs.  Place ads where your customers go for information on the products and services that you offer.  Print ads are very expensive, and you may wish to consider digital ads that are much less costly and reach a larger audience.  Some options for digital advertising include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and pay-per-click ads.

Some free advertising to consider and claim are online directories including Yelp and Google Plus. These reach a huge audience and the best part is they are free so be sure to complete your business profile and ask satisfied clients to post positive reviews.

COVID-19 Impact & USERRA

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SHARING FROM THE U.S. Department of Labor / Published April 21, 2020

During these challenging times, our nation’s Guardsmen and Reservists are answering the call to duty to protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We owe a duty to them to ensure full compliance with the employment and reemployment rights of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)

The Veteran’s Employment and Training Service (VETS) interprets and provides guidance on USERRA and investigates complaints filed under this law. VETS offers the following frequently asked questions and answers:

Does this fact sheet create new USERRA rights and obligations in light of COVID-19?

No. The statute and regulations still govern USERRA rights and obligations. This factsheet addresses some scenarios that might arise from the application of USERRA in the context of this pandemic.

Does a member of the National Guard or Reserves who is called to active duty in response to the COVID-19 emergency have employment and reemployment protections under USERRA?
  • Yes, if called to duty under federal authority. National Guard or Reserve duty under federal authority (such as Title 10 or Title 32) is covered by USERRA.
    • National Guard duty under state authority, commonly referred to as State Active Duty, is not covered under USERRA. However, members of the National Guard serving on State Active Duty may have similar employment protections under state law and should contact the appropriate state office for assistance.
    • Note that the authority under which orders are issued can change, even in the course of a service member’s performance of service.
Can a service member be furloughed or laid off upon return from uniformed service?
  • Yes, if it is reasonably certain that he or she would have been furloughed or laid off had he or she not been absent for uniformed service.
May an employer delay a service member’s reemployment out of concern that the service member’s service in a COVID-19 affected area may have exposed him or her to COVID-19?
  • No. If the employee satisfies the prerequisites to reemployment, the employee should be promptly reemployed in the job position that he or she would have attained with reasonable certainty if not for the absence due to uniformed service.
    • Promptness generally depends on the length of time an individual was away, ranging from the next day after returning from duty, if the deployment was relatively short, to up to fourteen days in the case of a multi-year deployment.
    • When reemploying a service member who might have been exposed to COVID-19, an employer must make reasonable efforts in order to qualify the returning employee for his or her proper reemployment position. This can include temporarily providing paid leave, remote work, or another position during a period of quarantine for an exposed reemployed service member or COVID-19 infected reemployed service member, before reemploying the individual into his or her proper reemployment position.
Where to Obtain Additional Information:

Important USERRA-related resources and compliance assistance materials for employees and employers are available through the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service website at, which contains a USERRA elaws Advisor, FAQs, fact sheets, and links to the statute and implementing regulations. Our toll-free information and helpline, available 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, is 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365). The Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve also provides resources available at

U.S. Department of Labor                             1-866-4-USA-DOL
200 Constitution Ave NW                              TTY: 1-877-TTY-5627
Washington, DC 20210




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VAMBOA and our team hopes that you have enjoyed Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series on Business Grants for Veterans and found it to be valuable.   Please let us know what you think because we value your input.  You can email us at


Once you have your funding secured, either by grant or loan, you may still need some other business assistance. Below you can find some excellent resources for your Small Veteran Owned Business to utilize to start, learn, nurture, and grow your small business:

  • Boots to Business is a two-step program offered by the Small Business Administration (the SBA) offered on military installations around the world to introduce service members to entrepreneurship and the foundations needed to begin a business when they return home.
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)is a free program for post-9/11 vets and their spouses.
  • Patriot Boot Camp is a branch of the startup incubator: TechStars and is specifically for active duty military members and their spouses who want to gain entrepreneurial skills.
  • Service-Disabled Entrepreneurship Development Training Program offers between $50,000 and $150,000 as a grant to support organizations that deliver entrepreneurship training program(s) to service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs who want to become small business owners or who currently own a small business.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) offers several veteran entrepreneurship training programs.
  • Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is an SBA-funded program that offers online training, a conference and mentorship specifically to female veterans.
  • Veterans Business Services helps veterans acquire or start small business. Veteran Business Services offers assistance with franchising, marketing and with connecting you with financial services.
  • Veterans Business Resource Center offers business training for Veterans including help with understanding business plans, financials, marketing, sales, human resource management, and more. They also offer webinars and professional counseling.
  • Veterans Institute for Procurement (VIP)is an accelerator program with three specific offerings specifically designed for owners, principals, and C‐level executives of Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses SDVOSB).  Veterans Institute for Procurement (VIP) Grow helps companies develop overall strategies to operate and expand within the federal marketplace. VIP Start helps companies that want to get into the federal market and become procurement-ready. VIP International is for companies that want to enter or expand their federal and commercial contracting opportunities overseas.
  • VetsInTechis a private sector training program that offers tech related education opportunities, connections with tech jobs and workshops and bootcamps to help veteran startup founders boost and grow their businesses.