Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statements following introduction of the Veterans Small Business Protection Act:
"Veterans put their lives on the line for our country, and should be confident that their families will be taken care of in a time of need. I am proud to co-sponsor this bill with Senator Heller of Nevada that helps the spouses and dependents of veteran-owned small businesses after the service members pass away from a disability or in the line of duty. I know West Virginians share my commitment to doing anything that we can to help make the grieving process that much easier for our veterans' families," Senator Manchin said.
"Families dealing with the loss of their loved one shouldn't also face losing their veteran-owned small business status at the same time. With this bill, Congress has an opportunity to help these family businesses cope after they have already made significant sacrifices on our behalf. I am proud to join Senator Manchin to introduce this legislation, which ensures that surviving spouses and dependents are eligible for small business benefits," said Senator Dean Heller.