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There are three million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and they face a host of problems when they come home. It’s not just unemployment, nearly half have a disability because of their service. Most tragically, more soldiers killed themselves last year than died at the hands of the enemy.

One veteran turned business school professor has an innovative solution to help them succeed as civilians: give the vets a new mission — business ownership. Funded in part by Walmart, PepsiCo and other companies, he started a small business incubator, tailor-made to help disabled vets trade in their combat boots for business suits.

Veteran Business Services (VBS) is a proud 2012 graduate of the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. The VBS business model provides specialized training for the franchise industry that has been approved by the Veterans Administration.

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