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Washington – Veterans would get help starting businesses after they leave military service, under a bill by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that won committee approval Wednesday.

The Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act of 2015 authorizes federal programs to assist veterans become entrepreneurs. Its unanimous approval by the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee advances the measure for consideration by the full Senate.

Vitter, who is running for governor this fall, is the chairman of the committee.