About 55,000 Reservists are self-employed in civilian life. The Congressional Budget Office figures as many as 30,000 of the America's 860,000 Reservists also hold key posts in small businesses.
That can be expensive when you're called up. US News found a dentist who's lost $700,000 in business since he was called to duty -- a lot of visits from the tooth fairy. To subsidize his service to his country, the dentist had to refinance his business and hit up the Small Business Administration for a loan -- before Uncle Sam sent him out on his third tour of duty. (USNews)