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Disabled Navy Veteran Sues Small Business Administration Over Racially Discriminatory Contracting Program

A disabled Navy veteran who owns a small business is suing the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in federal court over a contracting program that excludes non-minorities from participating.
Marty Hierholzer filed suit (pdf) recently in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the SBA, claiming his constitutional rights were violated.
Hierholzer’s father served 26 years in the U.S. Navy—he was at Pearl Harbor during the World War II attack. Hierholzer joined the Navy out of high school and became a Navy deep-sea diver. By 2002, he had retired after 22 years of service, with honors, the rank of Master Chief diver, and service-related disabilities….

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