VetLikeMe Weekly 12/27/2010


 The Power of Contracting Officers: Life, Death and Revenge


In 2010 an investigation was conducted by the Veterans Administration (VA) Inspector General’s Office into allegations of corruption and kickbacks of a VA Contracting Officer. This investigation was prompted by information given to the VA by members of my organization. During that investigation the VA Inspector General’s Office required members of my organization to assist them by recording phone calls and wearing recording devices during meetings with the VA Contracting Officer. [read more]

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Small Business

by Sarah Schauertehome-ndaa

On Friday, December 12, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, sending it to President Obama for signature. The $585 billion bill includes $521.3 … [Read More…]

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Small Business

Short Takes, 12/23/2014home-shorttakes

December 23, 2014 by Hardy Stone

We’re all angry at the shape the Veterans Administration (VA) is in. Really angry. How could this culture of management incompetence spread throughout this massive bureaucracy? There have always been and there will always be flaws in every healthcare system. [Read More…]


National Veterans Small Business Engagement Event – Exciting and Exhausting!

December 16, 2014 by Maggie Bullard-Marshall

home-NVSBEThis year’s National Veterans Small Business Engagement event was exciting and exhausting! Yes, there were issues with matching and meetings and yes several of us ran back and forth from hall A to hall B, but we chose to take our lemons and make lemonade. We brought several people to the conference and our days were packed from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. We met with a couple hundred decision makers, mainly from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Some of them went through their equipment spend plan and told us who was planning to buy equipment we sell. [Read More:]

National Veterans Small Business Engagement Event – Exciting and Exhausting!

Four Self-Rescue Tips: When Life Tries To Drown Youdrown

December 23, 2014 by Michael Kaplan

 “People don’t drown by falling into the water. They drown by not getting out of it.”

As much as I hate to admit it sometimes, I’m human. There are times I experience bouts of depression, anger and frustration with my environment and current circumstances.

Nowhere was this more apparent to me than during my first few years stumbling down the path of professional self-sufficiency. [Read More]:

Four Self-Rescue Tips: When Life Tries To Drown You

STATZ Corporation Seeks Younger SDV to Takeover

December 23, 2014 by Hardy Stone

VetLikeMe does not ordinarily print employment messages like the one below. We’re making an exception in this case only because Mr. Statz is making the effort to transfer ownership of his verified/certified company to another disabled veteran. [Read More]:

STATZ Corporation Seeks Younger SDV to Takeover

On the Hill Dec 23, 2014VOSB

December 23, 2014 by Hardy Stone

Mike Coffman, Colorado Republican said he expects a “critical mass” of whistleblowers to help in a probe mismanagement of the VA’s procurement system.

By Jim McElhatton – The Washington Times – Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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7-Eleven is Giving One Veteran a Franchise in Their First Ever “OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND”

7-11December 17, 2014 by David Coakley

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 7-Eleven Franchising for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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