Amata advocating for veteran owned small businesses

Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata participated in two Joint Congressional Veterans Committee hearings this week.  Both hearings were dedicated to the legislative agendas of two important veteran advocacy organizations for the 114th Congress.  The first hearing focused on the agenda presented by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the second on the priorities of the American Legion.

During the joint hearing held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Amata addressed DAV Commander, Ronald Hope on how the Veteran’s Affairs Administration can better connect those veterans who own a small business with Small Business Administration (SBA) programs that are already in place to assist them.  At the second Joint Congressional Veterans Committee hearing, Amata raised the same concerns to American Legion Commander, Michael Helm.

“As a Member of the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, I am very interested in finding ways that we can better connect our veterans who own a small business with the programs that are already in place to assist them.  My home district of American Samoa is both geographically and economically isolated and almost all of our businesses are small businesses, many owned by our veterans,” said Amata. 

 

“How can we better help those veterans who own a small business, particularly those in rural and isolated areas to connect with the programs available to them?” concluded Amata.

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