August 29, 2017, by Amir Khan – Communication is the key especially during deployment phase of your loved ones. Talking to each other every day can make you and your loved ones feel better. Staying connected with your service member is a great morale booster for him/her. When you two communicate, you are able to make your service member feel better by simply listening to what they say as you know staying away from home can be depressing.
As we live in the world of digitalization, there are several ways to stay connected with your loved ones. The following are the effective ways to communicate with your service member during deployment.
Letters and Post Cards
Surely, we live in an era of advanced technology but handwritten letters and seeing pictures of your loved ones through post cards have its own charms. This is considered as a traditional way of communication but it has its own sentimental values. You can number each letter so he or she knows which one to read first.
However, it can take too long to reach, this is why most people choose other forms of communication.
One of the most overwhelming feelings is hearing the voice of your loved ones over the phone. Knowing that they are miles away and they can’t be with you for countless days and nights is such a sad feeling. But, hearing their voice is enough in such situations.
For special occasions like birthdays, a phone call is the best way to communicate. However, it can be very expensive so it is better to use this way only on special occasions.
If your service member has access to a smartphone or laptop with a Wi-Fi, you can communicate through video calls as well. Social media platforms are great for communication so seeing them through Skype or FaceTime is a great feeling. Plan a time when all of the family members are available so everyone can say hello. Even a few minutes a day can make all of you feel better.
Email is also one of the fastest ways to communicate with your loved ones during deployment. You can attach photographs or videos and give a quick idea what you are up to. Similarly, the service member is also able to keep you updated about his or her life during deployment. Most of the email servers show when the message has been read or opened so you can confirm whether he or she received your email or not.
No matter how far your loved one is deployed, you can send him or her care packages on special occasions. On his or her birthday, for instance, you can send a care package filled with his or her favorite food like home-baked cookies and a birthday card with lots of best wishes. You can also include photographs which will make him or her feel a whole lot better.
Make sure to send the care package plenty of time before so it can arrive there on time!
About the Author: Amir Khan is a Managment and IT Professional who managed to gather graduate qualifications in Marketing Management along with certifications in Economics while pursuing different enjoyable careers options like being a business administrator of a manufacturing business, IT personnel, academic writer, student counselor and full-time blog writer of various authoritative blogs around among other things! For more updates follow him on Twitter.