Video valentines recorded for U.S. soldiers abroad

Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:14am EST
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By Rene Leon

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - Aamber Alderson's sweetheart - her husband, U.S. Staff Sergeant James Alderson - will be thousands of miles away from her on Valentine's Day.

So last week at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, she recorded a virtual valentine that will be sent to U.S. troops in places including Kuwait and Afghanistan, where he is stationed.

"We love you, we miss you, you're our hero, come home safely," Alderson said she told her husband.

Alderson recorded her video message as part of the "It's a Great Day to Love a Soldier" event at a Fort Bliss mall. Some, like her, came to send a message to a loved one.

Others recorded messages to all deployed soldiers, thanking them for their service. The 10- to 30-second messages will be seen by as many as 10,000 troops, according to officials at Fort Bliss, which organized the public event along with the Association of the U.S. Army and AT&T.

This is the second deployment of James Alderson that he and his wife have weathered. The parents of two sons - Dakota, 16 and Derick, 17 - and a daughter, Kaycee, 12, the Aldersons try to stay in contact via Yahoo Messenger, Skype, email and phone calls, Aamber Alderson said.

It's not easy, she said, "but we make sure we find a way to communicate."

She said that messages from military families boost the morale of soldiers overseas.   Continued...