Ala. program connects families separated by war


Alabama has started a new program to connect families who have been separated by military deployments.

Families with loved ones overseas will be able to visit public libraries across the state and communicate with them using computers equipped with video web cameras.

Gov. Bob Riley announced the Connecting Families program on Tuesday and said the video webcams and computers will be in more than 100 libraries throughout the state.

Alabamians will be able to make appointments with the libraries when they can come in and use the technology to see and talk to their deployed family members.

Alabama Public Library Service director Rebecca Mitchell said Alabama is the only state in the nation with such a program.

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