Posted on May 19, 2017
SN Vivien Roman-Hampton
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Share your experiences keeping in touch and how it impacted your time in service.
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SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
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Its good to see that troops in current times do have ways to communicate that We didn't when I served in Viet Nam, letters was the only way to keep in touch then. My Mom had kept every letter I sent the entire time I was stationed in the Republic of Viet Nam in 1968-69. We had to write the word Free in the upper right hand corner where a stamp would have been and there was no cost to mail a letter home. My return address was an APO anyway.
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PO3 Bob McCord
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Oh yeah. snail mail was it. When my wife and I wrote to each other we had to number them in the sequence they were written so they made sense when you finally got a bundle of them. My wife got to know our postman in San Diego by the sound of his vehicle. On my end it was the sound of a Huey "slick" [unarmed] and the OOD calling flight quarters. She still has every letter I wrote in a box in her closet. Even the ones I wrote on my second deployment before we were even engaged.
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SGT Armament Maintenance Supervisor
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Story for you.

My second deployment, I was in Afghanistan. A few weeks after boots on ground, my daughter was born, and Skype was my best friend. I called every chance I got and watched her grow to be almost a year old through the slightly fuzzy video courtesy of a shaky internet connection that linked two machines thousands of miles apart.

I'm not saying it was the ideal situation, but I would have missed so much more had I not taken advantage of it when I could.

Long story short: Do anything and everything to stay apart of their world. Letters, Skype, Phone, carrier pigeon, doesn't matter. You'll be glad you did.
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SFC Combat Engineer
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It’s good to know modern advances are good for something. I envy you the communication back home but I don’t envy you for being in the situation. Essayons!
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SGT Matthew S.
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My first deployment to Iraq was mostly letters, with a few scattered calls on a satellite phone. Late in the game we got a little internet cafe set up, and we considered ourselves spoiled at that point.
The second time around I still wrote letters, although we had access to internet and phones.
Contact with those back home made deployment more bearable without a doubt, and also reaffirmed just how lucky I/we have it back in our regular lives.
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