Veterans Gazette publisher David Thornton in the Oval Office as President George W. Bush signs H. R. 2297, the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003, in the Oval Office Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003. The act expands the benefits program for veterans and their surviving spouses.
The act put into place the ability to Sole-Source and Set Aside federal contracts to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business which is the very first program of it’s kind that is not a birthright but earned by service to the United States.
In attendance are, from left: veterans Dave Thornton of Haymarket, Va.; Charles Stenger of Bethesda, Md.; Carol Near of East Moline, Ill.; Congressman Rob Simmons, R-Conn.; Congressman Chris Smith, R-N.J.; Congressman Lane Evans, D-Ill.; Congressman Henry Brown, R-S.C.; Congressman Bob Filner, D-Calif.; and veteran Guillermo Rumingan of Arlington, Va.