Group helping disabled vets in business

Local organization hosted 3-day convention

SAN DIEGO - Several hundred veterans gathered last week in San Diego for the 10th annual convention of SDVOB, or Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business, a group that started out of necessity.  

"Coming back from Vietnam, not only were we facing the stigma of the war, we couldn't get a job," said Bob Mulz, one of the four original founders of the organization.  

"We felt if a person couldn't get a job, let's see if we can get them into a business of their own," he added.

Now in 40 states and in Guam, the organization brings businesses and veterans together for an annual convention with chapter meetings held every month.  

"We want to educate the public as well as businesses that disabled doesn't mean unable," Mulz said.

The three-day event included workshops, an awards dinner on the USS Midway and something called a matchmaking session where veterans are connected to corporate and government agencies for one-on-one meetings.

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