Technology is Keeping Deployed Troops Connected with Family

Contributor: Mark Armstrong
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Updated: 1/21 9:40 pm
Now technology is being used to connect our military men and women on deployment with loved ones back home. Pregnancy is scary for many women, but imagine going through it while your husband is deployed on the other side of the globe. That's what happened to Destiny Bynum last year. Bynum says, “He left on Mothers’ Day. It was a very emotional time. I was very upset because for the next six months, he would not be here and I would have my first child without him.” Bynum's doctor at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport had an idea to keep the family connected during this important time. The hospital provided the family an online video chat before and after the birth. Timothy Moseley, a System Analyst for Memorial Hospital, says, “This was the first time that we ever received a request like this before.” Military officials tell us that separation from family only adds to the stress of soldiers on deployment, but thanks to modern technology, soldiers can stay connected with their families back home. Bynum also says, “There were a lot of us who were pregnant when they left. Without that, we wouldn't be able to communicate them at all.”

On August 17th, Bynum gave birth to her first child, Temperence Rose, while her husband watched from across the world. Today Moseley received an award for setting up the video chat. Moseley also says, “Just doing my daily job. I didn't think it was anything warranting recognition like this.” For Bynum and her husband, the chance to be together for the birth of their first daughter was a very big deal. Bynum closes, “It was pretty surreal and exciting at the same time because that meant he was still kind of there at the same time.” Using technology to communicate with loved ones back home is becoming a common life line for our servicemen and women who are deployed overseas.

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