The men and women of the armed services are the back bone of this nation. Veteran’s Day is just one way our nation shows its support.

The state of Alabama has a unique position in supporting veterans. The Heart of Dixie ranks 10th in the nation for “Best State for Veterans” and comes in first when tracking veteran entrepreneurship.   A recent report indicated that “more than 11.2 percent of businesses in Alabama are veteran owned.” The SmartAssest study “compared states across seven averaged metrics, including percentage of veteran population, veteran unemployment rate, income after housing and VA facilities per capita, among others.”

I would like to personally thank and commend the state of Alabama for their leadership in veteran entrepreneurship and I urge more states to gives these men and women the same opportunities once they come home.

-Ray Hayes