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December 19, 2012

U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard Personnel Can Now Enjoy Free Video Conferencing Services

By Jyothi Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

This holiday season, U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard personnel can have a live video chat with their loved ones using a new video conferencing service.

This is made possible after Blue Jeans Network, a Military Association Benefits Group, Military Comm Networks and its affiliated Joint Force Group, teamed up to initiate a new program called, Home for the Holidays, which provides free video conferencing services to U.S. soldiers and their families.

"There are over one million servicemen and women who are away from their friends and family over the holiday season," added Krish Ramakrishnan, CEO of Blue Jeans Network. "Whether serving overseas, or stationed at one of hundreds of bases in the United States, there shouldn't be any impediment to these families seeing each other over the holidays."

Servicemen and women can easily connect with their family members through wide array of devices, including Skype, Google (News - Alert) Video Chat, telepresence systems and even Web browsers. Families are able to use their own computers or mobile devices for the video calls. For families without computers or mobile devices, physical locations have been reserved throughout the United States, where families will have access to the video conference resources they require.

“We tried to roll out this program last holiday season but ran up against interoperability and scalability challenges," according to Dennis Butts, CEO of Military Association Benefits Group. "With Blue Jeans on board, having soldiers and family members spread across Google, Skype (News - Alert), and a host of room-based systems used by the military is simply not an issue. Blue Jeans makes the connections easy and reliable."

The video conference calls can be scheduled from December 20, 2012 onwards till January 2, 2013. Servicemen and families can make reservations via the Military Association Benefits Group (MABGI) at or call 715-395-7076.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman


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