Skip to comments.Story time from thousands of miles away (Have Tissues Handy - Twas the night before Christmas..)
Posted on 11/21/2005 5:04:18 PM PST by SandRat
11/21/2005 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- After years of deployments, some of the ideas Airmen come up with evolve.
As the holidays approach, one of those simple ideas is making an impact on family members back home.
The Story Time Video Program gives deployed troops here the opportunity to be a part of their childrens lives though they are thousands of miles away. The idea: parents are video taped reading to their children.
Airmen at this base can read one of more than 200 stories to their children or simply talk to their families at the learning resource center -- on tape. All they need to do is buy a $1 video disk.
It allows Airmen to still be a part of their childrens lives while they are so far away, said Staff Sgt. Kristen Bamberger, the learning center manager deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. I know many parents are afraid their children will forget what they look and sound like while they are gone.
The program is another example of how the most important things in life arent always the most expensive, base officials said. It shows families that even though their loved ones may not be home, they still care.
So far more than 140 people have created a personalized tape this rotation.
The video disc holds 30 minutes of footage. Once finished with the footage, the person can then send their tape back home for their families to see.
The hero of this story is the young Airman who came up with the idea and touched the lives of hundreds of people, said Col. Ted Kresge, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Commander.
For Tech. Sgt. Anthony Reeves, it is a good way to communicate to 12-year-old Ashley and 6-year-old Danielle on their first Christmas away from dad.
I felt it was my responsibility as a parent to allow my children the opportunity to see me because I cant physically be there with them during this time, said Sergeant Reeves, from Pope AFB, N.C. People often remark that as military members we are making the supreme sacrifice by being deployed.
But in my opinion, its our families -- particularly our children -- that are making the biggest sacrifice, he said.
The learning center also has a video phone available. Spouses or loved ones can contact their base family support center to find out more about making contact that way.
What an awesome idea!! God bless you, Tech. Sgt. Reeves. What a gift to his children and through this idea, a gift to all military children. This idea has gotten feet and I think it's gonna RUN!
It would be a TREMENDOUS xmas morning surprise if they could send a cd/dvd/vcr tape to watch as we're opening xmas presents with their 10 month and 3 yr old children!
Great story, thanks for posting it.