Courtesy Mark Aldrich
Massachusetts Army National Guard 1st Lt. Mark Aldrich sits in his office in Baji, Iraq, in June 2005. The small-business owner put his skills to use as an information-management officer for the Army, but his company at home lost business without him.
Extended deployments for National Guard and Reserve units mean trouble for the 6-percent of Guard members who own their own businesses. Managing a business while at war is nearly impossible.