The War's Toll on Reservist-Entrepreneurs

Many reservists who run their own businesses face a financial crisis when called for duty. Help is out there, but critics say it's hard to findand insufficient

When National Guard reservist Dave Krasner was called to active duty in early October, 2004, he was given four days' notice before shipping off to Fort Dix, N.J., for training. That meant Krasner, then 32, who had seen combat three times while serving in the Guard, had to devise a contingency plan to keep his IT-service franchise running smoothly. But he was worried about its prospects for survival. He had recently left his job as Northeast area director of IT for Hilton Hotels (HLT) and had bought the Expetec franchise with his wife, Maritza, in Boston, so being deployed forced him to scramble during an already stressful situation.

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