WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), author of H. Res. 588, which supports National Veterans Small Business Week, (October 30 to November 3) addressed the House this week about the importance of veteran-owned small businesses:

“Mr. Speaker, our veterans are one of the most highly skilled workforces in America’s history – the product of rigorous training, an ironclad commitment to teamwork and the remarkable ability to succeed where others might fail.

It’s no wonder that veterans are 45-percent more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. In total, veteran-owned businesses make up nearly 10 percent of all businesses in the United States and account for more than $1 trillion in business receipts every year.

One of those businesses is Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation, based in Warrington. Owned by Air Force veteran Tom Fenerty, Navmar engineers technology to make sure that our military has the best tools possible to complete any mission. Tom has also committed to employing veterans in the community. I am privileged to represent Tom, and others like him, in Congress.

In honor of their service – both in uniform and as part of our economy – I’m proud to recognize the importance of veteran-owned small businesses in our communities by introducing and supporting H. Res. 588, which recognizes National Veterans Small Business Week this week, from October 30 to November 3.

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues – and all Americans – to join me in supporting the veteran-owned small businesses in our communities.”

The resolution is supported by the chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, Steve Chabot (R-OH):

“America’s armed forces not only preserve and protect the homeland, but are also trained with the discipline and leadership necessary to own and operate successful businesses. Their dedication and strength from serving their country is evident in the nearly 2.5 million veteran-owned small businesses across the United States that create more than 5 million jobs.”