When you’re half a world away, it is difficult to keep in touch with the people you love. Now add to that the complication of being in the military. In the best cases, it’s challenging. That’s why I was so proud to hear that HP has been working with Aaron’s and the Armed Forces Foundation. Just last week, we joined together to provide 50 families in Fayetteville, North Carolina with 100 computers so that families could keep in touch with their soldiers during deployment.
At each house, the families of special operations units got set up with HP Omni 100 all-in-one desktop PCs and their solider in the field is equipped with an HP Pavilion G6 laptop so that they can connect via video chat (or email, of course).
As a Navy wife, I know how it can be. When my husband is serving our country I want to keep in touch with him – to be able to see him over Skype when he’s away. So as I was reading the story of Staff Sgt. Robert Aldrich’s family over at fayobserver.com, I couldn’t help but sympathize.
"I can't think of any better way to tangibly show how much our supporters care about us than to do something like this - and for our Special Operations forces, who are the most deployed units in the U.S. Army." -- Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, the deputy commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
"It was just such an incredibly meaningful experience that when the opportunity came around this year, there was no question. We all just jumped on it." -- Ray Rafiti, national account consumer sales manager with HP. Ray can relate even more because his own son is currently deployed in Afghanistan.
This is the second year in a row that HP has participated and it’s grown by leaps and bounds. In fact, it’s doubled! What do you think of the program? To learn more about it, head over to armedforcesfoundation.org.
Ann Finnie (@Afinnie) is PR manager for HP consumer PCs and office of the CTO.