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Caroline Scott welcomes home husband, Sgt. Jerry Scott, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, Aug. 20, 2012, at Pope Army Airfield’s Green Ramp, Fort Bragg, N.C. Sgt. Scott’s unit is returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. 
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Caroline Scott welcomes home husband, Sgt. Jerry Scott, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, Aug. 20, 2012, at Pope Army Airfield’s Green Ramp, Fort Bragg, N.C. Sgt. Scott’s unit is returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Sesame Workshop’s resources and outreach have done more to help families cope with repeated deployments during a decade of war than anything the military could have done alone, the military’s top officer said here today.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sesame’s “Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes” campaign — a kit of DVDs and booklets designed to get families to discuss the unique challenges of military service with young children — sends “a powerful signal and produces a better outcome” than the Defense Department or military services could do on their own.

Dempsey made the comments as part of a Sesame Workshop panel discussion with other military and veteran advocates. ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, who suffered a traumatic brain injury while reporting on the war in Iraq, and his wife, Lee, also an author and journalist, hosted the event at the National Press Club.

“I bet you’ll pay more attention to what Rosita says than what any four-star general says,” Dempsey said, as the green furry monster puppet made an appearance at the lectern next to him.

Click here to read more about the DoD’s partnership with Sesame Workshop.

April is the Month of the Military Child. Check out the news feature on Defense.gov to learn more about how the DoD shows its appreciation to military kids.

April is the Month of the Military Child. Check out the news feature on Defense.gov to learn more about how the DoD shows its appreciation to military kids.

Cpl. Joaquin Smith, administrative specialist with I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), chats to his daughter, Jayden, 4, Feb. 27, as approximately 150 Marines and sailors prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. Family members and friends gathered to say goodbye to the Marines and sailors who will be forward deployed for approximately one year.
(DVIDS)

Cpl. Joaquin Smith, administrative specialist with I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), chats to his daughter, Jayden, 4, Feb. 27, as approximately 150 Marines and sailors prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. Family members and friends gathered to say goodbye to the Marines and sailors who will be forward deployed for approximately one year.

(DVIDS)

Senior Airman Joshua Lyford, a 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communication navigation mission systems journeyman, hugs his 18-month-old daughter, Kaylee, as his wife Amber, (right), and sister-in-law, Mikayla Wright, also greet him Dec. 23, at Little Rock Air Force Base. Lyford is returning home from a deployment supporting operations in Southwest Asia just days before the holidays.  
(Photo by Tech. Sgt. Chad Chisholm, 19th Airlift Wing – DVIDS)

Senior Airman Joshua Lyford, a 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communication navigation mission systems journeyman, hugs his 18-month-old daughter, Kaylee, as his wife Amber, (right), and sister-in-law, Mikayla Wright, also greet him Dec. 23, at Little Rock Air Force Base. Lyford is returning home from a deployment supporting operations in Southwest Asia just days before the holidays.  

(Photo by Tech. Sgt. Chad Chisholm, 19th Airlift Wing – DVIDS)

He’s called the “SPAM Czar.”

Don Downer, a retired Marine, spends his time packing a can of SPAM and a personal note into each care package he sends to deployed troops. So far he’s sent more than 1,400 packages.

Families, friends, and coworkers wait for members of the 555th Fighter Squadron to return from deployment Oct. 24 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 555th FS was deployed to Afghanistan for six months. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jenay Randolph)

Families, friends, and coworkers wait for members of the 555th Fighter Squadron to return from deployment Oct. 24 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 555th FS was deployed to Afghanistan for six months.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jenay Randolph)

A calendar above the living room desk still showed June, the month before Senior Airman Amber Boyd left her family for a six-month deployment in Iraq. But this day was going to be a special one for the Boyd family. When Amber’s husband, Alfred Boyd III, got the four children dressed and ready in their Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., home, they believed they were going to the airport to pick up their grandparents, not realizing the excitement that awaited them in a few hours.

Read the rest of the story here.

Capt. Brian E. Luther, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), serves a Thanksgiving meal. George H.W. Bush is underway in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is celebrating its first Thanksgiving deployed. 
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho/Released)

Capt. Brian E. Luther, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), serves a Thanksgiving meal. George H.W. Bush is underway in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is celebrating its first Thanksgiving deployed.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho/Released)

The 445th Combat Communications Squadron is providing deployed service members the opportunity to witness their children being born through the video chat program Skype.  This program allows daddies-to-be the chance to be a part of the most quintessential first step of being a father: seeing their babies come into the world.