Unintended casualties: Long deployments and self-employed service members

Mar 7, 2007

Today, Morning Edition reported on the privations of self-employed members of the National Guard, now that many of them are serving in long deployments overseas. When a service member is called up, the 6% who are self-employed must leave behind their businesses, which all too often erode in their absence. Congress is trying to help these freelancers, independent contractors, and small business owners by proposing a $10,000 tax credit. That goes only a little way toward compensating those who have served our country. Some members of the National Guard have suggested that the military should offer business support training, to help service men and women plan for their time away from their work--and resume it successfully.