Thousands of Hawaii-Based Soldiers Receive Orders to Deploy
January 28, 2006 at 8:19 PM HST - Updated July 1 at 10:56 PM
(KHNL) After 5 years of running a business across from Schofield Barracks, James Davidson has figured out the recipe for success. He accepts the fact that deployments are part of reality here and he's ready for the next one this summer.
"Like a Kirby salesman, as long as I get my pizza in their mouth, they'll be back!" Davidson of Jimmy's Lakeside Bakery Café said.
The news is still hard to take in. His business suffered after the last major deployment in 2004, when revenue was cut in half. He said, "even though they were gone for only a year, it took almost two years to get back to where it was pre-deployment."
These businesses rely heavily on the soldiers at Schofield Barracks for revenue. When these troops deploy this summer, business owners will be affected professionally and for some, the deployment will affect them personally.
Ruby Martinez told us, "from the last deployment, I actually was laid off." She helps run the family business, One Day Sewing. She's not just losing customers, she's losing her husband. He just got back last February from deployment.
"Especially with a one year old and a two year old, it's get frustrating." Martinez adds, "just the fact that my husband will be gone, and he won't be here for a couple years of my kids lives."
She copes with the news, by reminding herself that good things will follow. According to Martinez, "just keeping on, remembering that my husband will be back home soon."