Castillo had also used a previous foot injury during his nine-month stint at Cadet Candidate, a U.S. military prep school, to obtain a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) status for his company, according to the committee's report.
For 27 years, Castillo didn't rely on government support for his injury, according the report. But only months before starting his business with Michelle in early 2012, he received the service-disabled status from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Braulio was blasted by Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., an Iraq war veteran and double amputee, during the hearing for allegedly misusing the SDVOSB status.
However, Strong Castle said in September that the Department of Veterans Affairs had confirmed Strong Castle's SDVOSB status following "a thorough review."
"This decision by the Center for Veterans Enterprise means that Strong Castle, Inc. remains eligible to participate in Veterans First contracting opportunities," the company stated.
A spokesperson for the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Strong Castle's SDVOSB status to CRN Wednesday, noting that it is good through Aug. 3, 2014, when it will have to be renewed.
Braulio and Michelle Castillo acquired Signet Computers in early 2012 and renamed the solution provider Strong Castle. Michelle Castillo served as COO of the company before stepping down last June.
Castillo's next hearing is scheduled for May 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Loudon Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, according to a spokesperson for the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
PUBLISHED APRIL 2, 2014