Military Call-Up Drains Small Towns National Guard and reservists continue to be deployed from cities and towns across the nation. NPR's Howard Berkes visits Beaver, Utah, -- population 2,500 -- where about 70 men leave tomorrow for duty. In a small town of this size, that means a third of the sheriff's department, dairy farmers, business people, and teachers will be gone. Even the football coach heads out. That'll be a major hardship for businesses and for family incomes. But the local national guard unit has been around for 150 years, and its soldiers are supported by the town.
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Military Call-Up Drains Small Towns

National Guard and reservists continue to be deployed from cities and towns across the nation. NPR's Howard Berkes visits Beaver, Utah, — population 2,500 — where about 70 men leave tomorrow for duty. In a small town of this size, that means a third of the sheriff's department, dairy farmers, business people, and teachers will be gone. Even the football coach heads out. That'll be a major hardship for businesses and for family incomes. But the local national guard unit has been around for 150 years, and its soldiers are supported by the town.