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Technology helps soldiers stay connected to home

Posted October 14, 2011

— Technology and the Internet have changed the way deployed troops keep in touch with their families. Programs like Skype are helping 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers stay connected with family members back home while they serve in Afghanistan. 

Spec. Kevin Littleton uses Skype to talk to his wife and 3-year-old daughter, who gets a big kick out of seeing her father online. 

"She smiles. She gets real happy. She actually starts to be good sometimes," Littleton said. 

Five years ago, troops serving overseas relied on occasional emails or handwritten letters that took several days, if not weeks, to be delivered. These days, soldiers can connect to their families instantly through the Internet, with social media options like Facebook.

video chats with soldiers Soldiers connect with family back home

Being able to see family members through web video chats is a daily occurrence for many of troops, and it makes a big difference on the homefront.

"It's a major boost to my children," military wife Mary Leimeister said. "I think this deployment would be so much more difficult for them if they couldn't see or hear him doing well. They take a lot of comfort from it." 

It is also a comfort for troops to be able to see and hear their loved ones. 

"Technology helps a lot, makes deployments a lot easier," Littleton said. 

One solider said that working in a high-stress job can be tough, but knowing that, at the end of the day, he can see and talk to his wife means a lot. He said it is his time to vent, talk or just laugh with her. 

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  • ftpc99 Oct 14, 2011

    Why are people scoffing that troops in earlier wars didn't have this advantage? There are many technological advantages today's troops have that others didn't and I'm sure future troops will have even more. I had to rely on the US Postal Service for letters during the five deployments I served in and was happy to have that luxury. I am very happy for the troops today, not jealous.

  • wildcat Oct 14, 2011

    Thanks for allowing my comments. Have a great weekend.

    Jordan Matthews vx Reidsville tonight. Wish JM luck, they will need it.

  • wildcat Oct 14, 2011

    Fantastic! All troops in all divisions need this technology.
    Defiant

    VIETNAM, AND OTHER WARS DID NOT GET THAT SPECIAL HONOR.

  • wildcat Oct 14, 2011

    WOW! THE VIETNAM SOLDIERS SURELY WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO KEEP IN TOUCH BACK HOME. MY GOODNESS, WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER THEY DID NOT HAVE A PARADE OR NOTHING. YET THEY FOUGHT THAT WAR PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY AND OUR LIFE. MANY, MANY LOST THEIR LIFE WITH NO RECOGNITION THAT GOES ON TODAY. MARRIED TO A VETERAN, AND SO WAY MY FATHER AND GRANDFATHER.

  • Killian Oct 14, 2011

    "She actually starts to be good sometimes," Littleton said."

    Wow. This is so sad that someone would say that about their own *3* year old child. I hope the child never reads this when she's older, and realizes that her parent has characterized her as a bad child at such an early age.

  • Dat MoFo Oct 14, 2011

    1950 my dad was in Korea during the war. He was there 14 months with no contact with home except an occassional letter. Same for all the other guys he served with.

  • Defiant Oct 14, 2011

    Fantastic! All troops in all divisions need this technology.