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21 Gun Salute Initiative

The 21 Gun Salute was created with gratitude for the injured soldier turned businessperson. The Salute is an action plan to meet and exceed the 3% contracting goal with the nation’s service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Each of the following seven topics (or “guns”) contains three major subgoals. 

Gun 1: Awareness

  • Increase public awareness
  • Increase internal awareness
  • Identify SDVOSBs to provide high demand products and services

Gun 2: Advocacy

  • Create Veterans Advisory sub-Committee
  • Advocate for SDVOSB opportunities; special emphasis: VETS GWAC
  • Create a pool of advocates among buyers within GSA

Gun 3: Innovation

  • Capitalize on best practices for SDVOSB outreach
  • Target SDVOSBs for selected schedule buys
  • Innovations in financial accreditation of small business

Gun 4: Training

  • Assist SDVOSBs in finding markets
  • Establish mentor program
  • Provide SDVOSB training to contracting officers governmentwide

Gun 5: Recognition

  • Nationally recognize SDVOSB supporters
  • Recognize successes among internal GSA family
  • Enhance SDVOSB brand

Gun 6: Accountability

  • Hold senior leaders accountable
  • Measure and enforce SDVOSB goals to ensure achievement
  • Integrate procurement forecast

Gun 7: Partnerships

  • Champion interagency partnerships
  • Partner with veterans organizations
  • Support business-to-business partnerships among SDVOSBs

Office of Small Business Utilization
1-855-OSBUGSA (672-8472)


GSA has signed Memorandums of Agreement with the Elite SDVOB Network and the Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force. Through these memorandums, GSA and OSBU dedicate themselves to outreach and education in the veterans’ business community, and to heightening awareness at their agency and other government agencies.

GSA also has Memorandums of Agreement with the Small Business Administration and the Veterans Administration.


The Small Business Administration's SDVOSB final rule amends the interim final regulations governing the Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Program. In particular, this rule clarifies several regulations, specifically those concerning protest procedures.

21 Guns, EO 133630, Executive Order 133630