Thanksgiving is a day to eat turkey, stuffing, and of course, to express gratitude for the blessings in life. But for many military families, the holiday is bitter sweet.
In Iraq alone, most of the 150,000 U.S. troops will spend Thanksgiving away from loved ones. But one Web site group is helping bring these troops a little closer to home.
Two years ago, Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS), launched an online greeting program after more and more TV and radio stations sought to keep soldiers in touch with their community.
"Holiday greetings bring so much cheer and comfort to military families, to be able to see loved ones on television and on the Internet," Dayna Burton, DVIDS Director of Media relations, told CBN News.
Now, the site provides 24/7 media updates on troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar, along with their personal video submissions to those supporting them back home.
"One military wife whose husband was deployed told me that every day during the holidays her son would view the greeting of his dad on the Internet," Burton said. "To be able to watch these greetings brings instant joy to those who are separated from their family and friends."
This year, DIVIDS also launched an e-card service, allowing troops to send personalized greetings to family and friends.
The site also has podcasts, live webcasts, and news reports from journalists on the frontlines.
"The best way to support the troops is to stay informed about the work they are doing and one way to do this is through visiting the DVIDS website," Burton said
To date, she added, the site has more than 80,000 videos and 120,000 images available to the public.
Visit here to view the latest greeting.