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Updated: 09/18/2011 8:35 AM
Created: 09/13/2011 11:06 PM | Print |  Email
By: Scott Theisen

Technology Makes Communicating from War Easier than Ever

Technology Makes Communicating from War Easier than EverWhether Minnesota soldiers are based at Camp Victory, home of the U.S. military's headquarters in Iraq, or at other bases in Iraq and Kuwait, communicating from war has never been easier.

A device called a Magic Jack connects to a computer port, giving soldiers a local Minnesota telephone number.

Some soldiers say they never use traditional telephones anymore. Some still rely on the phone banks.

Others, like Sgt. Matt Hite record messages on DVDs. Hite records one book a day for his six-year-old son.

The USO program United Through Reading supplies the books and DVDs and will mail them both to Hite's Woodbury home for free.

Soldiers can also buy Internet access at the bases in Kuwait for $25-35 a month.

At some bases in Iraq, cell phones work, but data is not as reliable.

Click here to watch our entire week-long series, Leading the Troops Home, with reporter Mark Albert and photojournalist Chris Hansen embedded with the Minnesota National Guard in Iraq and Kuwait.