Here are some ideas for keeping in touch when you and your service member are far apart:
- Be sure you have the right address. That way your letters and emails will arrive on time.
- Answer any questions your service member may have asked in an earlier message. You'll keep the conversation going and keep your family member from wondering or worrying.
- Be creative. Letters and emails are great, but try adding variety with video recordings or DVDs.
- Express yourself clearly. Remember that you won't be there to explain what you mean when your family member reads your message.
- Send frequent packages. Ask your family member what is most needed, and be sure to include special treats, funny notes, and anything else that might bring a smile.
- Be honest. You don't have to pretend that you're feeling fine when you're not.
- Use the Internet for more than email. For instance, you can create a private blog with pictures and news, talk with your family member in a chat room, or use a scanner to send newspaper clippings or a child's report card.
- Try not to worry if you don't get a quick response. Your service member may be in an area with limited mail or email service, or may simply be too busy to respond right away.