Yesterday I met with an entrepreneur from Israel who has built a Facebook app called Chat Rounds that allows you and a buddy to hang out, video chat, and play games and watch videos together. He told me that the service is particularly popular with military people stationed abroad and away from their families.
Skyping with your spouse works well enough but apparently it is hard to get the kids to hang out on Skype for long. But in Chat Rounds, the kids can play games or watch cartoons with their parent half way across the world in some war zone.
I was moved by that story. When my dad was in Vietnam, we lost a parent for a year. Thank god we didn't lose a parent for good.
Being in the military is a tough job. Not only do you have to put yourself in harms way in service of your country, you have to leave your families at home. It is a great sacrifice.
So on this Veterans Day, let's remember and thank all the veterans out there for their service to our country. It is too easy to take it for granted.
This post originally appeared on AVC.com.