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A&M program aims to help disabled vets

A&M program aims to help disabled vets

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The Mays Business School at Texas A&M University recently graduated 17 disabled vets from a new program aimed at helping them become small business owners.

Texas A&M offered the course, called Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, free of charge earlier this month. The Mays Business School earlier this year joined a consortium of three other universities nationwide who are offering the program to disabled vets.

The vets heard from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as well as a variety of presenters -- professors, successful entrepreneurs and disability specialists -- during the nine-day course. Texas A&M System Chancellor Michael McKinney and Deputy Chancellor Jay Kimbrough were there as well.

"Agreeing to join this consortium was one of the easiest decisions I've ever made," said Ricky Griffin, interim dean at the business school, in a written statement.

Program participants took a three-week self study prior to their work at the university. In their time at Texas A&M, the students developed their own business concepts and learned the basic elements of small business management.

The students will receive 12 months of ongoing support and mentorship from faculty experts at Texas A&M.


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