The nationwide activation of National Guard and reservist has created a big problem on the home front.
Besides the emotional stress of having a loved one serving in the war zone, there's an economic toll. Many families are suffering financially.
Some have fallen into debt and are in danger of losing their homes.
Coffee County State Representative Terry Spicer has recently co-authored a bill to help such families. A voluntary fund will be paid for by Alabama taxpayers.
On next year's income tax return, people will have the option to make a contribution.
Rep. Spicer says he's received universal support from both sides of the political aisle in Montgomery for the military support bill.