For too long, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has circumvented a policy known as VETS First, refusing to give preference to veteran-owned small businesses despite being directed to by Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Supreme Court.
This refusal hurts not only veteran-owned small businesses, but the millions of veterans who depend on the VA.
In 2006, Congress passed The Veterans Benefits, Health Care and Information Technology Act, which among other things established the VETS First program. But the VA, under administrations controlled by both parties, never followed through. On several occasions, the GAO has ruled that the VA has failed to follow the law. And still, it does nothing.
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