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APSU to tape holiday ‘Love Letters from Home' messages from families to deployed soldiers

Austin Peay State University Department of Communication once again is making it possible for military families to send videotaped holiday messages to their soldiers deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

A public service from APSU to military families and the deployed soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, the communication department will make its video and audio equipment available for families to send Love Letters from Home.
Austin Peay State University Department of Communication once again is making it possible for military families to send videotaped holiday messages to their soldiers deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

A public service from APSU to military families and the deployed soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, the communication department will make its video and audio equipment available for families to send “Love Letters from Home.”

Assistant Professor of Communication Kathy Lee-Heuston, organizer of the project, said, “We've been doing this for several years. Thousands of soldiers deployed from Fort Campbell won't be able to be with their families during the holidays.

“This is one way we can helpby providing the technology and staff so military families can send personal holiday messages to their soldiers overseas.”

Interested military spouses and/or children can call and make an appointment with the APSU communication department to produce a five-minute digital video recording. The department faculty will transfer the video to DVD and give it to the family to mail overseas.

According to Lee-Heuston, because of the timing of the videotaping, many families in the past have been creative with their messages, dressing up or bringing holiday presents to unwrap in the “presence” of their soldier.

“One wife brought in an evergreen tree and decorated it while talking to her husband on video. It was her way of sharing the holidays with him,” Lee-Heuston said.

Rather than videotaping in the campus television studio, Lee-Heuston and her video assistant, Ashley Foltz, plan to set up cameras in a private room in the Morgan University Center to make families feel more at ease.

Video recordings will be offered Nov. 14-16 at APSU. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lee-Heuston by telephone at (931) 221-7554 or e-mail leek@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke