Declaration of Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan #R402

As a result of Public Law 106-50, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999, this notice establishes the application filing period for the Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Effective October 1, 2001, small businesses employing military reservists may apply for economic injury disaster loans if those employees are called up to active duty during a period of military conflict existing on or after March 24, 1999 and those employees are essential to the success of the small business daily operations. The filing period for small businesses to apply for economic injury loan assistance under the Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program begins on the date the essential employee is ordered to active duty and ends on the date 90 days after the essential employee is discharged or released from active duty. However, if a military reservist, who is an essential employee, was ordered to active duty on or after March 24, 1999, because of a military conflict, and was released or discharged prior to the date of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, the affected small business has 90 days from such date of publication to make such application.

The purpose of the Military Reservist economic injury disaster loan program (MREIDL) is to provide funds to eligible small businesses to meet its ordinaryand necessary operating expenses that it could have met, but is unable to meet, because an essential employee was called-up to active duty in their role as a military reservist. These loans are intended only to provide the amount of working capital needed by a small business to pay its necessary obligations as they mature until operations return to normal after the essential employee is released from active military duty.

Applications for loans for military reservist economic injury loans may be obtained and filed at the address listed below: U.S. Small Business Administration, Disaster Area 4 Office, P.O. Box 13795,Sacramento, CA 95853-4795, 1-800-488-5323.

The interest rate for eligible small businesses is 4 percent. The number assigned for economic injury is R40200.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 59002).

Dated: October 5, 2001. James E. Rivera,

Acting Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance.

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