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Video teleconferencing connects deployed Marines, families

ABOARD USS Tarawa (April 19, 2008) – Even though he was in the middle of the ocean Cpl. Michael Wood got to spend 30 minutes alone with his wife and 2-year-old son recently thanks to video teleconferencing, a live video feed setup to connect deployed Marines and Sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to their families back home.

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Wood was among nearly 20 Marines and Sailors that got the opportunity to not only hear, but see their loved ones right before their eyes.

“My son just turned two and I got to hear him talk for the first time,” Wood said. “He didn’t do much talking, but he made tons of animal noises,” he said laughing.

Wood said he was excited to see his family and could see that they were just as excited if not more to see him.

“When my son looked at the screen, he just stood there and stared at me till he realized it was me,” he said.

For most people just a seeing loved in front of them makes the whole experience worth it, said RP2 Juan Bejarano, the MEU’s religious program specialist.

“VTC is special because it is the next step up from email, enabling you to see your spouse and kids through video and hear their voices,” Bejarano said. “It’s somewhat of a reality check that your loved one is OK.”