VA Assists Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

WASHINGTON (April 10, 2003) - The Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) today announced a program for veterans who own small businesses to
discuss business opportunities with General Dynamics Corporation.

On April 23, General Dynamics locations throughout the nation will
hold a Veterans Appreciation Day, making its buyers and program managers
available to meet with veterans interested in doing business with the

"We are proud of the help VA provides to service-disabled and other
veterans who own small businesses," said Deputy Secretary of Veterans
Affairs Dr. Leo S. Mackay, Jr. "Helping connect veterans with potential
business partners makes good sense."

VA's Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) was established by the
Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 to
promote business ownership and expansion opportunities for veterans. The
center provides training and educational programs, market research and
assistance to veterans seeking access to prospective business partners.

Veterans interested in participating in Veterans Appreciation Day
must register in advance by visiting the CVE Web page at