As William Tecumseh Sherman is famous for saying, war is hell. Of all the more obvious reasons it is, one is because soldiers are far away from their families. This is a pain felt by those serving and those waiting at home.

With the commercialization of IT comes one strong benefit–soldiers can talk to their families more frequently, by phone or on the computer, and, in the case of real-time video communications, look directly into the eyes of their loved ones as they do so.

TechRepublic is interested in hearing how technology helped you keep in touch with your family during your deployment. If you can speak to the experience both as someone getting the benefit of the technology and as someone who experienced some of its limitations, I’d love to hear from you. Just shoot me an email at

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