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DoD Develops 'Tap and Click' Access to Services
Washington D.C., January 4, 2001 -- (American Forces Press Service) -- Service members and their families may one day use a DoD Internet site to communicate across the globe, access military and civilian news, college courses, community outreach services and even apply for jobs at the click of a mouse.
Victor Vasquez Jr., deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, sees DoD's "Keep in Touch" information technology strategy -- reaching out to the military community through the Internet -- as a quality of life multiplier.
"'Keep in Touch' serves three purposes: information, communication between service members and their families, and providing a greater opportunity for service members and their families to access Department of Defense, and other, services," he said. "For example, you could find on- or off-post child-care services, tax filing information, relocation, and other services through the Internet."
In fiscal 1999, Congress provided DoD $50 million to improve quality of life for deployed forces, Vasquez said. Almost $18 million went to buy computers and software to provide service member and family communications from installation recreation centers, youth centers and libraries.
Vasquez said morale is enhanced when service members and spouses separated by thousands of miles use these stateside and overseas "cyber-communications" centers to keep in touch with loved ones.