Veteran Owned Business Directory (SDVOSBs / VOBs) Blog

December 31st, 2008

Welcome To The Veteran Owned Business Directory News Blog

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Launched on Veterans Day 2008, is the leading free, comprehensive, user-friendly directory of businesses owned by military veterans, active duty military, reservists and service disabled veterans of the United States Army, Air Force (USAF), Marines (USMC), Navy (USN), Coast Guard (USCG) and National Guard.

Americans in the United States and abroad have an easy way to proudly search for products and services that are unique in the fact that they are all made by, sold by or serviced by United States military veterans!

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Is your business a Veteran Owned Business?  If so, get your company seen by government agencies, corporate purchasing departments, contractors, consumers and fellow veterans looking for your products and services. Click here to add your listing. It’s free!

Looking for more information about the Veteran Owned Business Directory?  Be sure to search through the Blog.  Here you will find important information on new Veteran Owned Business Directory member, site updates, future plans, news and other notable information and achievements including event information specifically for SDVOSBs and VOBs.

From one veteran owned business to another… thank you for your service to our country!

Brian K. St.Ours, Founder
The Free Directory Of Businesses Owned By U.S. Military Veterans

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2nd Annual MUSIC FOR VETS concert on May 3, 2015

April 27th, 2015

2nd Annual Musioc for Vets Concert

Event: 2nd Annual MUSIC FOR VETS concert

Date: On Sunday, May 3, 2015

Time: 1 pm- to – 5 pm

Where: Sandy Woods Center For The Arts

Address: 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, Rhode Island

Tickets: are $10.00….$8.00 for MILITARY or VA ID CARD

All proceeds to benefit veterans seeking service at the VA Medical Center 


*Musician Include:*

Margaret Ferri *Chuck Williams *Gray Fish* The Rukus Bros.* Louie Leman* Johnny Bothelo* Matt Borillo* Mark Greenbaum

To Donate: to this event make checks or money order payable to Providence VA Medical Center.

Mail to: VA Medical Center (135) 830 Chalkstone Ave Providence, Rhode Island 02908

Rain or Shine – bring your own refreshments 

If you have Questions:  Call George at 401-624-2581

VA NEWS RELEASE: VA expands Choice Program eligibility, effective immediately

April 24th, 2015

VA Featured News Release

In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, VA today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change has been published in the Federal Register and is effective immediately.

“VA is pleased to announce the distance calculation change from straight-line to driving distance for the Veterans Choice Program,” said Secretary Robert McDonald. “This update to the program will allow more Veterans to access care when and where they want it. We look forward to continued dialogue with Veterans and our partners to help us ensure continued improvements for Veterans’ to access care.”

The change from straight-line to driving distance roughly doubles the number of eligible Veterans. Letters are being sent to the newly eligible Veterans to let them know they are now eligible for the Veterans Choice Program under this expansion. If a Veteran does not remember receiving a Veterans Choice Card or has other questions about the Choice Program, they can call (866) 606-8198.

Effective immediately, VA is also changing the mileage calculation for beneficiary travel. The change will ensure consistency in VA’s mileage calculations across the two programs. The beneficiary travel calculation will now be made using the fastest route instead of the shortest route.

For more details about the department’s progress and related information, see

Operation Boots to Business (from Service to Startup)

April 22nd, 2015

Take The Next Step Toward Starting A Business After Your Military Service

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IS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSHIP FOR YOU? Entrepreneurship and small business ownership is a key opportunity for transitioning service members and veterans as they transition to civilian life. Returning veterans are natural entrepreneurs, possessing the skills, experience and leadership to start businesses and create jobs. According to the most recent U.S. Census Data, veteran-owned firms represent 9 percent of all U.S. firms. These 2.45 million veteran-owned businesses employed 5.793 million individuals. If you have a passion and the drive to start a business, this intensive training workshop is a perfect fit for you!

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW: The Two-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Self- Employment Intensive Training Workshop is offered in collaboration among the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are recruiting 30 interested transitioning service members and veterans to participate in the workshop, you will learn if starting a business is right for you, if your business idea is feasible and much more!

WHEN: 27 May–28 May 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg 722, Patrick Air Force Base (Central Florida’s Space Coast)
POC: Mr. Sal Noto
Phone Number: 321-494-3472

ELIGIBILITY: You must be a transitioning service member, veteran or spouse interested in starting a business.

TO REGISTER: Phone number: 321-494-3472

PARTICIPANT BENEFITS: After the two-day workshop you will have created a Feasibility Analysis Deliverable that will serve as the basis for future business planning efforts. It is designed to assist you in developing an ‘actionable’ plan for subsequent efforts focused on launching a new venture.

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Happy 107th Birthday Army Reserve (April 23rd)!

April 22nd, 2015

Happy 107th Birthday Army Reserve

A Brief History of the Army Reserve

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The Army Reserve traces its beginnings to the creation of the Medical Reserve Corps, which was authorized by an act of Congress signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt on 23 April 1908.  The idea behind the Medical Reserve Corps was to create a pool of trained medical officers who could be called to active duty in time of war.  Under this new program, 160 medical professionals were commissioned as Medical Reserve Corps officers in June 1908. By June 1917, as the United States entered World War I, the Medical Reserve Corps had a strength of 9,223 doctors, dentists, and veterinarians.  This was the nation’s first federal reserve force.

In 1917, the Medical Reserve Corps became part of the Officers Reserve Corps, which, like the Enlisted Reserve Corps and the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), had been created by Congress in 1916.  The National Defense Act of 1920 joined the Officers and Enlisted Reserve Corps to form the Organized Reserve (renamed the Organized Reserve Corps in 1948).

During the Great Depression, members of the Organized Reserve Corps (ORC), as the Army Reserve was called until 1952, ran the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps, a key New Deal program.  As the nation prepared for World War II, it called upon the Organized Reserves to expand the Army.  The Army began calling ORC members to active duty in June 1940. The Army Reserve’s contribution to the Army during World War II was enormous.  Almost one of every four Army officers, more than 200,000 of the 900,000 Army officers during the war, was an Army Reservist.

There had been no women in the Organized Reserves prior to World War II.  Following the war, there was no legal authority for them to join the ORC.  This changed in 1947 when Congress authorized members of the Army Nurse Corps and Women’s Medical Specialist Corps to serve in the ORC.  The Women’s Armed Forces Integration Act of 1948 authorized Women’s Army Corps (WAC) members to serve in the Regular Army and Organized Reserves.

After World War II, Congress, recognizing the importance of the Organized Reserves, authorized retirement and drill pay for the first time in 1948.  By the outbreak of the Korean War the ORC consisted of 217,435 officers and 291,182 enlisted members.

The U.S. Army that won World War II only five years earlier was woefully unprepared for this conflict; it was a dangerously hollow Army.  The Army was in desperate need of troops to rebuild itself, both in Korea and worldwide. There was real fear at the time that war in Korea was only the first battle of a global communist attack.  Congress had authorized President Truman to call up Volunteer and Inactive Reservists on June 30, 1950.  Within the first few weeks of the war, the president called up 25,000 individual Organized Reservists to rebuild the Army.  More than 10,000 of these were junior officers and non commissioned officers (NCOs) whose combat experience was desperately needed.  By the end of the first year of the war, another 135,000 Individual Reservists would be called up.

Unlike World War II, the Army did not strip men from organized units as replacements or fillers for other units.  There was a hesitancy to commit them to Korea when the Korean conflict might only be the start of a global communist attack. This meant that the Inactive Reserves, those who had neither been drilling nor been given drill pay, were sent to Korea first.

In 1952, an act of Congress renamed the Organized Reserve Corps as the U.S. Army Reserve and divided it into three components: Ready Reserve, Standby Reserve, and Retired Reserve.  Surprisingly, fewer than 5,000 reservists and only 42 Army Reserve units were called up for service in the Vietnam War.  However, almost 84,000 reservists provided combat support and combat service support during the Persian Gulf War, with over 40,000 deployed to Southwest Asia.  In 1991, the U.S. Army Reserve Command was created as a component of the Army Forces Command.

Currently, There are about 480,000 Soldiers on active duty, throughout the world.

These reservists provide 100% of the Army’s:

  • Theater engineer commands
  • Civil engineer commands
  • Training divisions
  • Biological detection companies
  • Railway units
  • Replacement companies

More than two thirds of the Army’s:

  • Medical brigades
  • Civil affairs brigades
  • PSYOPS groups
  • Expeditionary sustainment commands
  • Dental companies
  • Combat support hospitals
  • Army watercraft
  • Petroleum units
  • Mortuary affairs units

and nearly half of the army’s:

  • Military police commands
  • Information operations groups
  • Medical units
  • Supply units

Veteran Owned Business salutes the tireless efforts of army reservists and wishes them a happy 106th birthday.  For more military history and important dates check out our Army History page and our Military Holidays and Observances page.