There's much that can be learned from the Spartan Group, Inc's appeal of the Center for Verification and Evaluation's (CVE) decision regarding their Veteran owned small business status. In January 2019, Mr. Kyle Muller, a service-disabled Veteran and 100% owner of the Spartan Group, Inc., applied for his company’s inclusion in the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs' (VA) VIP database. In his company’s application, Mr. Muller identified himself as both President and Secretary and Mr. Ray Douaire as the company’s Treasurer and as his personal mentor. He also included his resume in his application, which listed jobs as director of sales/project manager at Trusted Solutions Group, Inc.(TSG) where he purported to oversee a roofing contract, developed office buildout provisions, and “collaborated with other firms to procure contracts on behalf of TSG.” Mr. Muller listed other past work experience including warehouse manager at a large retail company and officer in the U.S. Navy. His educational background included a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.