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Webcams; keeping troops connected

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Anyone who has ever had a family member in the armed forces knows how important it is to receive a simple phone call or a letter from their loved one who is fighting for their country, especially around Christmas time. But what if their loved ones were able to pass along a smile and, "I love you," from across the world? Now, through a program launched through the American Legion, a free webcam service is available to those who serve in the military, veterans, members of the American Legion and their families and friends.

The service is called VetCam, which is a free webcam service for U.S. military service members and veterans to talk face-to-face on their own personal computers with their loved ones back home. All they have to do to see and talk with their family and friends over the Internet is register as a user at www.legion.org.

"Webcam technology has been around for a while, but many required downloading software to make them work," David K. Rehbein, national commander of the American Legion said. "We want our troops, our veterans and their families to be able to enjoy the pleasure of talking face-to-face with their loved ones anywhere in the world, with just a couple of mouse clicks. Next to actually being there, seeing and talking with your spouse and kids, mom and dad and best friends are morale boosters prior generations of veterans never had."

Ron Billings, the veterans service officer for Fulton County, said this technology is great. "It's a real morale booster for all the veteran community," Billings said.

The webcam service is great for overseas military men and women to see their families, children and spouses. "I know if I was stationed overseas and once a week I was able to talk with my wife (face-to-face), that would be great," Billings said. "It's a morale booster for the whole (military and veteran) family."

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