Unfortunately, our veterans are coming home to a job crisis. For this reason, I along with Representatives Peter King, Eliot Engel, Carolyn Maloney, Ed Towns, Michael Grimm and Joe Crowley will hold a forum for veterans who want to start or grow a small business in New York City. As a Member of the House Small Business Committee, I understand that small businesses are the economic engines of our country. It is time that we protect and bolster our veteran --owned small businesses. The forum will take place on Saturday, December 10th at Brooklyn Borough Hall, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will include presentations by federal agencies, elected officials, and local veteran small business owners on how to gain access to capital, procurement and the technical assistance programs that are available to start or grow a small business.