Even though it has been over 20 years since Paul’s military service I can still remember how difficult it was to be apart from him when he was in the Navy, especially when he was deployed. Back then we didn’t have tablets or smartphones, so if I wasn’t home when he called I had to painfully listen to a message on our answering machine as my heart ached until the next time he would have an opportunity to try again. It could literally be days or weeks in between phone calls and even though we wrote letters to each other regularly, nothing could compare to hearing his voice. Those days, weeks and months were truly agonizing. Fast forward twenty years to a time when we all carry smartphones and other devices right in the palm of our hands and it is often much easier for members of the military and their loved ones to stay connected even when they are thousands of miles apart. I’m a teensy bit jealous, but also very pleased with how far we have come because not only can military families talk to each other, but they can also see each other depending on which apps they use to communicate while apart.
Military Appreciation Month
Did you know that May is Military Appreciation Month? Certainly we should appreciate our military every month of the year, but I love that the month of May is dedicated to showing them how much we appreciate their hard work and sacrifice. Thanks to the power of technology there are several ways to show them how much we care about them and express how grateful we are for their service with just a few taps of a screen.
- Tango – If a loved one is stationed overseas this app allows users to communicate without fees or charges. If the military member doesn’t have a smartphone or has limited access to mobile devices, the app can be downloaded and used on a computer. It’s great for video chatting, texting or calling to catch up with family or friends free of charge. The app even stores your conversations and enables you to send eCards.
- Postagram. Service men and women stationed overseas, defending our freedom, miss out on a lot of moments back home. This app enables users to easily create personalized postcards with photos of loved ones. A set number of postcards can be printed and shipped for free by Postagram. Users have the option to pay if they want to send additional cards.
- Joining Forces website. The White House has created a website for citizens to join forces and support our military service members. Visit the Joining Forces website to write and send a letter of gratitude to military families, to begin a volunteer project or enter your zip code to search for volunteer opportunities in your area.
Seriously, I’m in awe of how far technology has come since my husband and I were members of the military family and to show how excited I am about that and to show my appreciation for all the sacrifices made by current military families I’m partnering with U.S. Cellular to give away an iPhone 5s! Are you already a U.S. Cellular customer or maybe considering a switch from your current carrier? If so, this is the giveaway for you because the iPhone 5s is specifically made for U.S. Cellular’s super fast 4G LGE Network and would be perfect for connecting with loved ones near and far. Check out this handy locator map to see if you are within U.S. Cellular’s network and then come right back to enter for your chance to win a snazzy new mobile device!
I’m a compensated member of U.S. Cellular’s Blogger Brigade, but as always thoughts and opinions are my own. Giveaway device will be shipped directly from U.S. Cellular. Please note: This iPhone 5s will only work on U.S. Cellular’s network.