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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release November 2, 2000

PRESIDENT CLINTON APPOINTS GEORGE C. DUGGINS AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL

VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

The President today announced his intention to appoint George C. Duggins to serve as a member of the National Veterans Business Development Corporation.

Mr. George C. Duggins, of Chesapeake, Virginia, is currently employed as a computer systems engineer at ValueOptions, the largest privately-held managed behavioral healthcare company in the United States. He is also the National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. In that role he has been the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation, responsible for all financial and operational aspects. Mr. Duggins has also served the Vietnam Veterans of America as Vice President and as Chairman of the Membership, Credentials, Convention, Scholarship, and Minority Affairs Committees. In 1996, he was a member of an official U.S. delegation sent to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia by President Clinton to investigate the POW/MIA issue. Mr. Duggins is the past chair of the City of Chesapeake's Mayor's Committee on Veterans Affairs and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church. He also served on the Citizens Advisory Board of Nova Chemicals and the Aeolin Club.

Mr. Duggins received an A.A.S. in computer technology from Tidewater Community College.

The members of the National Veterans Business Development Corporation are charged with the responsibility of expanding the provision of and improving access to technical assistance regarding entrepreneurship for the Nation's veterans. The Corporation will further assist veterans, including service-disabled veterans, with the information and expansion of small business concerns by working with and organizing public and private resources.

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