(Des Moines) - Iowa families now have the potential to visit with military family members deployed to Afghanistan via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).
ICN is part of the Operation Hometown Link initiative of the national non-profit Freedom Calls Foundation. The Network has held approximately 60 reunions over the State's fiber optic network since 2007.
With the recent announcement of additional locations in Kuwait, at Camp Arifjan and Ali Al Saleem Airbase, and now Afghanistan, the ICN can continue to assist Iowa's troops and their families.
Connections to Afghanistan must be for milestone family events like births, weddings, or graduations and have to be arranged a minimum of three weeks in advance.
In addition to the sites in Kuwait and Afghanistan, families can also connect to family members serving in Iraq at Al Asad Air Base, Fallujah, Taji, Camp Victory (Baghdad), and Camp Taqaddum.
Iowa families with a deployed service member from any military branch may take advantage of the video reunions. The visits may take place during the week and on some Saturdays at many of the 730 ICN video classrooms located around the state. ICN staff members find an appropriate location for the family, while Freedom Calls schedules and pays for the soldier's satellite time. Video reunions to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan are arranged through ICN staff.
For more information, or to arrange a Freedom Calls/Operation Hometown Link ICN session, contact the Iowa Communications Network at 877-426-4692 or visit www.icn.state.ia.us.