It's something soldiers in all other American wars could only dream of--reading stories to their children from thousands of miles away. In Iraq, however, that dream is now a reality for Major Jeffrey May.
"It makes me feel like he's closer to me, and it makes me feel good," May's son James says after he and his brother and sisters read along to the children's book "Corduroy" with his dad.
It's a new military initiative called United Through Reading. Service men and women to record themselves reading to their kids and send the DVD in the mail. The program is designed to help boost the morale of service members and their children during deployment.
Lynn May says it's a blessing.
"Trying to describe to a child what war is or what a deployment involves can be confusing or even scary sometimes and so, getting to see him sitting in a room with a little stuffed animal and talking, and that he's safe and comfortable is really reassuring for them," she says.
For Lynn, it brings her peace of mind as she and her children anxiously await the day Jeff returns home, which should be some time in December.
James says even though he can see his dad on the TV screen, dealing with his deployment is a struggle.
"I really miss my dad when i watch it, and I get kind of sensitive," he says.
Lynn says she's grateful for the ability to communicate easily with her husband, a luxury people in past wars didn't have.
United Through Reading accepts donations. If you would like to know how you can help the program, visit unitedthroughreading.org.