Our troops are no doubt heroes but also included are their family members. Being separated from someone you love is difficult at best but prolonged absences like our armed forces and their families endure requires that we, as a grateful nation, do all we can to support them both. In my opinion, we do! There are so many volunteer organizations and well-meaning citizens that ensure they are not forgotten; from patriotic holidays, memorials, and the increased efforts during end of year holidays to make certain that our soldiers know they are appreciated and missed.
Soldiers now have more tools at their disposal to maintain relationships with loved ones. Modern communication makes this possible, including cell phones that have texting and e-mail capabilities. There is also Skype, which allows soldiers to communicate while seeing the other parties. While this cannot replace personal contact, it is the best we can do.
Let's face it, military life is not easy. You should go into it knowing that. It's better to really be single at first because you are spending months away from your family. The good thing though is that there are so many technological strides that make it easier to communicate with your loved ones, like Skype and FaceTime, email and texting. There's not much more that can be done.
For all the feel-good stories we hear of troops and loved ones being surprised by messages on holidays and other special occasions, there's no doubt that serving far away from loved ones is very lonely for troops. I'm not sure what exactly should be done, but I believe most soldiers would love to have more contact with loved ones while serving.