Soldiers, families get free computers

August 12, 2010 9:07:01 PM PDT
Fifty Fort Bragg soldiers will be able to stay connected with their families during long deployments thanks to free computers.

The families get a desktop for the family, a laptop for the soldiers to take overseas, and skype software to keep in touch.

The computers were given away Thursday at an event at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville. The Armed Forces Foundation, Aaron's Inc. and Hewlett-Packard partnered to give away the PCs.

"Our Special Operations and Airborne troops here have been heavily deployed, so this is our largest base in America manpower, so it's really important to do this for the troops" Armed Forces Foundation President Patricia Driscoll said.

The families who took part in the give-a-way were selected based on their answers to a questionnaire about deployments, family life and how much a new computer will help them.

Military families say loneliness is big part of deployments and it lives on long after the tearful goodbyes.

"Just his presence not being there, we can talk on the phone, but it's just not the same with him being there," Military wife Royall Turner said.

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