Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Michael C. Obrion graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Michael Obrion of Portland and is a 2010 graduate of Cheverus High School, Portland.

Small businesses that have suffered economic losses when the owner or a key employee was called up to active duty may be eligible for a low-interest loan of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loans provide funds to help small businesses cover operating expenses. Businesses can apply at http://go.usa.gov/BcuA. To receive an application by mail or for more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or by email at [email protected] The SBA also helps veterans starting and growing their businesses. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/veterans.

The Maine Department of the American Legion offers a variety of services including funding for three full time staff members at Togus veterans’ hospital to help with disability claims. It also provides scholarships for high school and Eagle Scout students, sponsors Legion baseball teams and Boy Scout troops, helps raise emergency funds and represents veterans at legislative hearings on bills affecting them. Currently there are more than 20,000 veterans in Maine who belong to the American Legion. Membership is open to veterans who have served during wartime. For details, contact Patrick Eisenhart at 632-3807 or [email protected]

Grand New Flag, a Saco flag company, helps Maine veterans through their “5% for Vets” initiative and this year is supporting the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine which is organized by Pam Payeur of Saco. Veterans and those on active duty also receive a discount on purchases. For more information, visit www.grandnewflag.com or call 714-0225.