Military families have to deal with a lot of stress. Strong emotions like fear and anger surface when the news of deployment is released to the family. As the day of deployment draws near, they may cope with their myriad tumultuous emotions by withdrawal and detachment so that they feel strong when their loved ones depart for war. At the time of deployment families have to cope with emotions threatening to erupt like a volcanic explosion. Emotions alternate between loneliness, sadness, fear for their service member’s safety, panic, concern over being needed or loved, etc.
A non-profit organization empathized with the plight of soldiers and their families to collect old mobile phones on a mass scale, recycle them and buy prepaid phone cards for our service men and women. These cards help service men to connect with their families, who feel good and reassured when they listen to the voice of their loved one.
It’s a no-brainer activity to collect old phones and donate them instead of allowing them to gather dust. Mobile phone charity is a worthy cause as military men, and their families sacrifice their happiness, leave their homes and loved ones to fight and die for you and me.
How you can Support the families of Military Men
Donate your old phones, which the NGO will recycle, and with the money, purchase calling calls for the military men. When a soldier calls up his family often, relationships are nurtured and strengthened, despite the distance and distressing circumstances. Families keep their loved ones informed of important developments back home. One hears stories of a baby born two months after a soldier leaves for war or a soldier who joins forces just a few months after being married, leaving his young bride at home.
It has been reported that divorce rates drop as soldiers engage in longer and more intense conversations with their spouses and loved ones. In fact, The Military Benefits Deployment Center lists staying in touch with loved ones as a top-five “how to survive deployment strategy”.
The NGO also sports a “Helping Heroes Home” initiative, a program designed to provide emergency funds for supporting veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. Some of these hardships may include scouting for a new job, or paying the mortgage or purchase prescription medicines to help fight Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Many service members returning from deployment experience family adjustment issues. Some veterans report shouting with, shoving, or pushing current (or former) partners. Some veterans say that their partner or children are afraid of them. You can contribute to support soldiers and their families with generous donations.
We’ve Barely Tipped the Iceberg
There are a plethora of things you can do for military families to let them know you care. Donating your old phone is one the ways you can show your love to the service member or his family. When you’re helping a serviceman, you are helping the family as a whole! Salute their bravery and the bravery of their families!