Web Watch: Families connect with deployed family members
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Keeping in touch is difficult for families who live far away from each other. This can be especially true for deployed moms and dads.
Far away wars mean parents miss some major milestones and everyday memories with their families, but technology is making it a little bit easier.
Ten years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has meant an entire generation of military families have had to grow up without a parent at home. However, this generation is also connected like never before thanks to technology advancements. Free face-to-face communication like Skype and Facetime have made it possible for deployed military members to see what's going on in their family's daily lives, even from a war zone. Children say it gives them a chance to show their parents who are serving over seas what life is like at home, and keep them updated with daily headlines.
While the technology is advancing at a higher rate there are still frustrations along the way. Bad connections mean sometimes the call times out or cannot come through at all. And if the deployed military member misses a call it can cause extreme stress. It's almost as though the loved one is are right there, but you can't get through.
Military counselors say these face-to-face interactions fall short of an in-person meeting but mean more to kids than an email or text message. The Department of Defense spends billions of dollars every year in support programs for military families. Now technology support has becoming a key factor in that approach.
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