Having served in Iraq, Dave Krasner is now back home in Boston, struggling to keep alive the small computer consulting company he left behind.
"I love my country. But what do I do now?" said Krasner, a National Guardsman whose firm was buried in debt while he was away at war for much of 2004 and 2005. "My credit was wrecked. The SBA (Small Business Administration) turned me down for loans. So have banks. I can't face my children. They see me as a hero."
The 35-year-old father of four is among a growing legion of reservists who have returned from deployments of up to 15 months to see their small businesses in trouble, if not dead.
"When a reservist has to shut his business down because his credit plunged while he was serving in Iraq, Washington isn't keeping its promise to veterans," said Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat. Read more...