If you are a long time reader then you are already aware that I’m a military spouse. The military lifestyle can be a stressful on families being that we are constantly dealing with our loved ones being away whether it be for training, school or the worst of all deployments. My husband has been deployed twice once from 2003-2004 and again when we were stationed in Hawaii from 2008-2009. When they deploy it could be for a full years, 15 months and I have heard they have shortened some deployments to 9 months for some (
which to me still isn’t short). They are only allowed to come home for 2 weeks during their deployment which is typically at the half way point in most cases. In 2003 when my husband was deployed technology wasn’t near as advanced as it is now so I would go weeks before I was able to hear my husband’s voice and then when he was finally able to call we would have to be transferred through a DSN line with an operator on the other end who would join us in on the call together and often times the call would be lost in the process. It’s already hard enough that they are deployed in an unsafe environment, but not being able to communicate with one another can be that much more challenging.
How to stay connected via skype
In 2008 when my husband deployed technology had improved. My kids and I were able to keep in touch much more and communicated almost on a daily thanks to Skype. Skype allowed us to share special moments in our lives. Yes, don’t get me wrong it definitely doesn’t replace him physically being there, but at least for the holidays, the kids birthday’s, anniversaries, etc. We were still able to share those moments together via Skype. My kids and I would look forward to our daily conversations with their dad via Skype and also took advantage of the instant messaging and file sharing the times he was offline due to the time difference. There were times we were actually able to communicate several times during the day. It was a lifesaver for us because it made the time apart less stressful. My husband was all the way across the country, but Skype helped keep us together to still share those special moments in our lives while he was miles away.
Skype is pocket friendly and worry free. Learn more about how to stay connected via Skype at http://skypestaytogether.com/ to stay connected with loved ones. What I like most about Skype is that even when we were not home and away from the computer we were still able to connect via mobile and/or landlines. The military lifestyle can be challenging in so many ways, but Skype has also allowed us to keep in touch with our family members across the United States and Germany being that we are constantly moving from state to state.
Here’s a story of Denis who had to leave his family behind in Uganda and was able to stay connected via Skype. When Denis left Uganda, the last thing he wanted was to be a stranger to his family. And good news … he isn’t. He still sees their smiles, swaps stories and offers advice, all from eight thousand miles away. Through Skype, he’s able to remain head of the household as the eldest son and continue to raise his adopted son, Simon. In his new life in America, Denis is pursuing a master’s degree in Human Services Administration and is very active in youth and human rights causes.
Check out Denis’s story
What methods of communication do you use to stay in touch when your loved ones are away??Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skype via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skype.
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