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SOURCE California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance

Former Calif. Governor Honoring Disabled Veteran Business Owners

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pete Wilson, the 36th Governor of California from 1991 to 1999, will deliver the keynote address May 12 at the California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance's Keeping the Promise Expo and Business Matchmaking event.

Wilson, who served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, will speak about California's debt of honor  to our disabled veterans. Keeping the Promise also marks the 20th anniversary of the California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance, whose mission is to connect service-disabled veterans to government business opportunities through the state's Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) program.

"Veterans of every war will participate in this expo, along with 100 young men and women who will be sworn in to our military at our gala dinner," said Alliance Executive Director Richard Dryden. "We not only appreciate Governor Wilson for getting the DVBE program off the ground during his term in office, but for his service in the Marine Corps."

For these efforts the Alliance will be recognizing Governor Wilson with its Freedom Fighter Award.

Creating more opportunities for disabled veterans to engage in entrepreneurship is vital. Owing to greater survival rates from medical advances, there are far more disabled veterans coming out of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars than there were from the Vietnam War. This is driving a generational shift within the disabled veteran community. There are already 89,000 service disabled veterans who own businesses in the United States. That number will almost certainly rise as demobilization of military service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is completed.

Union Bank is the title sponsor of this year's Keeping the Promise, with lead corporate sponsors including Southern California Edison, AT&T, McKesson Corporation and Lockheed Martin. Olympian swimmer Mark Spitz, winner of seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympics, will also attend Keeping the Promise.

The name of the event - Keeping the Promise - honors President Abraham Lincoln's call "to care for him who shall have borne the battle" in his inaugural address a month before the Civil War ended. For the Alliance, a century and a half later, that means assisting disabled veterans successfully transition back to civilian life through entrepreneurship.

Keeping the Promise brings together corporate sponsors and businesses owned by disabled veterans. The DVBE program establishes a 3 percent goal for disabled veteran business participation in state contracting. Since 1994, the Alliance has helped disabled veteran business owners obtain DVBE certification, and serves as a portal through which state agencies with contract opportunities, as well as state prime contractors, can easily find disabled veteran-owned businesses.

The Keeping the Promise Expo and Business Matchmaking Event will take place May 12 and 13 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, Calif. For more information, visit the California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance at www.cadvbe.org, www.ktpexpo.org, or call (916) 446-3510.

Headquartered in Sacramento, the California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance is active statewide through nine chapters and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. For more background, visit www.cadvbe.org.

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