May 31, 2013

1. Congress Returns to Busy Week: Congress returns from their Memorial Day recess to a host of hearings and other legislative business. VFW is scheduled to testify before the Senate VA Committee on Wednesday, June 5 on a variety of benefit-related legislation. Some of the bills we plan to discuss include in-state tuition equity for GI Bill recipients, economic opportunity, changes within VA sexual assault claims process, cost of living increases and the survivor benefit program. Also on June 5, VFW is scheduled to testify for the first time before the Joint Economic Committee with regards to job opportunities for veterans. VFW plans to discuss challenges veterans face as they return home and how we can grow partnerships between the veterans' community, government and the private sector to help them find career employment. Visit our blog next week for links to the live testimony and our remarks at: or either committee website for more information.

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2. SBA Starts Veterans Pledge Initiative: The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the SBA Veteran Pledge Initiative, a commitment by its top national, regional and community lenders to collectively increase lending activity to veterans by five percent per year for the next five years. SBA expects to assist an additional 2,000 veterans with support from some of their top 20 national lending partners, and approximately 100 additional regional and community lending partners across the United States. The loans will help veterans start or expand small businesses. The increase in lending looks to be about $475 million over the next five years. To read more, visit the SBA Community webpage at

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