Small contractors who do business with the government, like disabled veteran Mark Klett of Hampton Roads, described the domino effect of sequestration on his company. Testifying before a congressional panel in July, Klett said he had to put “nearly 30 percent of my workforce on the bench or overhead for as little as two weeks and as long as two months this year.”

The Navy vet is president and chief executive officer of Klett Consulting Group, a small Defense contractor specializing in engineering and cybersecurity. “With no approved budget, or appropriations bill—no government agency, prime contractor or subcontractor can plan beyond a few months,” he told lawmakers. Klett said veterans make up 60 percent of his workforce…

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