Deployed father-to-be calls wife during pregnancy thanks to VFW Operation Uplink

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It was the first week in April 2009 when Knowledge Operations Manager Shane Woodard, 28, found out that his first child was on the way. He was ecstatic to hear the news!

“I think I look forward to what any father would, daddy’s little girl or daddy’s little man,” said Woodard.

Eight weeks after he heard the big news, Woodard was deployed to Qatar, Al Udeid Air Base, where he will remain until November. Woodard, from Rochester, N.H., has been in the military for 10 years, so being away from home is nothing new to him.

“My wife Tara is an incredibly strong woman so I don’t worry too much, but I know she misses me every day.”

Thanks to VFW Operation Uplink™, Woodard was able to check in on his wife.

“I love my wife more than anything,” Woodard explained. “Whether it be 10 minutes or 30 minutes, getting to hear her voice just makes my day right.

“There has always been something about her voice that puts me at ease.”

In just a few weeks, Tara will find out the sex of the baby, and Woodard can’t wait to find out.

“I am extremely thankful that there are organizations, like the VFW, that offer support to service members abroad,” said Woodard.

Woodard plans to become a member of the VFW so that he can do his part to support other service members.

“Good people with a great cause? Why not join?” he concluded.



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