Many of you know that Jay served as a Marine for six years including a deployment during the Gulf War. While this was before I knew him, he has shared some stories about that time to help bring awareness to Duracell’s support of the USO’s Comfort Crew for Military Kids.
When Jay was overseas, he didn’t have any kids but it still put a strain on his immediate family. During the time he was gone, someone send a letter to his parents pretending to be the Marines and saying his dog tags had been found and he was presumed deceased. Luckily, his father is also a vet and knew very well that the military does NOT notify next of kin via letter. He also had his credit card stolen and used to rack up a large bill back home. Hours of time on the phone explaining that there are no Walmarts in the desert finally convinced the credit card company that the charges were fraudulent.
In the grand scheme of things, these were relatively minor stressors compared to what many families experience when a loved one is deployed. Often, the children in the family experience significant amounts of stress due to the void left by the loss of daily interaction with their deployed parent. (Since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, more than 2 million American children have had a deployed parent. Many of them have seen multiple deployments: 3, 4, or even 5 family separations.) Many families have made use of items that allow the deployed parent to record their voice on a device the child can play whenever they need it – like recordable storybooks or teddy bears.
Duracell met one such family in California and it inspired them to create this video. (Warning – have some tissues nearby!)
Duracell is helping to power more comforting moments for loved ones through a donation of $100,000 to USO’s Comfort Crew for Military Kids. You can also help out by visiting the USO website and making a donation as well.
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