Modern military families certainly challenges when it comes to deployment. Thankfully, technology has made extended separations MUCH easier to cope with. The deployed service member may be limited in the tools they can use, but the family members on the homefront have an array of technology to choose from.

Here are 5 tech tools military families need to tackle deployment.

5 Tech Tools You Need to Tackle Deployments



A personal computer to have at home can serve as a “home base”. This is where your connections can happen, your digital storage is held here, and perhaps most of life’s errands take here: bill paying, emails, etc. Desktops and laptops can give you peace of mind knowing that all of your important legal documents (as well as your memories) are stored electronically. The personal computer doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, Dell’s Military Discount Program helps military families afford the latest award-winning computers and technology. With the Dell Member Purchase Program, members get perks and prices including up to 30% off Dell PCs electronics and accessories. Military members also get an additional 10% savings on PCs and tablets along with global APO/FPO shipping.


A smartphone works great for when you’re out and about and need to run errands from the palm of your hand. They also come in handy during deployments since you never know when you service member will call or message you. Not to mention, they also have a camera to take your photos and videos which you can then instantly send to your service member.


Tablets can come in handy for family life, especially if your family shares devices. They also allow for a large mobile screen for you to video chat with your service member. Tablets don’t have to be as costly for military families. Aps With computers, smartphones, and tablets, certain applications can come in handy as well. These can range from countdowns, to social media, to organizing apps. Prices range from free to a couple of bucks.

External Hard Drive

An external hard drive can provide extra storage as well as backup for your previous digital files and memories. Backup your files often and invest in one for your peace of mind.

USB/Cloud Storage

A USB small storage device can make transporting small files easier. Or you can also look into cloud storage to access your files from anywhere. Cloud storage is helpful especially, if your service member has access. That way, he or she, can view your family’s files and or photos at any time.

What tech tools do you use to cope with deployment?


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MSB New Media & on behalf of Dell. The opinions and text are all mine.