The old quote goes: “the hardest job in the military is being a military spouse.” We here at Skype salute all that military families endure – the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines as well as their loved ones back at home.
Fortunately, technology is helping to ease some of the distance and isolation. Online support communities such as the #MilSO (military significant other) and #MilSOsister hashtags on Twitter, Facebook pages dedicated to spouses and MilSO blogs are on the rise.
And at Skype, we hear from many military families about how our voice and video calls are helping them to feel close to each other during deployment.
We are honored that Skype has been able to make a difference in the lives of military families. It can be used for simply catching up on what happened during your significant other’s day or a more elaborate “Skype date.” Wendy Kirker, a military wife in New Hampshire, says that her husband “has been able to stay connected with the family and has watched the kids’ Halloween parade from Kyrgyzstan, helped troubleshoot problems with the pool pump and saw the kids’ school parade all via Skype.”
In what surely belongs in the Long Distance Relationship Hall of Fame, Skype has even been used to unite far flung military spouses for the birth of their child. When Nicole Robbins of Kansas went into labor, her army specialist husband, Preston, was on a nine-month tour in Afghanistan.
Preston was determined to see the birth of his baby daughter and support his wife through it all. He had emailed the hospital to arrange setting up Skype as a surprise to Nicole. When she arrived at the hospital, Nicole found a computer next to her bed and could see and hear Preston in real time.
“He was part of the journey through Skype. It’s just been amazing,” Nicole told Fox News. “He will always carry that with him – he knows that he was there to witness the birth of his daughter.”
If you use Skype and are active in the MilSO community (blogging, tweeting or supporting MilSOs in other ways), we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us here or direct message us on Twitter or get in touch on Facebook. We’d like to know more about how we can support you back.
Skype thanks all of the members of our military and their families for their service.