Senate Introduces Bill to Extend SDVOSB Preferences to Surviving Spouses of Service Members

April 9, 2013

Senate Introduces Bill to Extend SDVOSB Preferences to Surviving Spouses of Service Members

On February 28, 2013, Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the “Veterans Small Business Protection Act” (S. 430). This bill would reform the rules regarding surviving spouses of military services members who own service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs). Currently, surviving spouses only continue to receive a contracting preference if the veteran’s death is caused by a disability that is rated as 100-percent disabling as a result of active duty service. This bill would ensure that surviving spouses or other dependents are provided three years of eligibility as a SDVOSB regardless of the cause of death. Additionally, the bill would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs to treat any business left to a spouse or dependent by a service member killed in the line of duty as a veteran-owned business or SDVOSB for the purpose of benefits eligibility and contractor preference. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.     

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