Military Family Voices - About
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About Military Family Voices - Summary
Military Family Voices honors the service of all our United States Armed Forces, who protect our way of life, by helping to preserve the ability of their Loved Ones' voices to make it possible to forever preempt and mitigate their own extreme stresses.
Military Family Voices, MFV, is not a "messaging service" but rather a far more lasting and enduring voice preservation service. MFV preserves their voices for their comfort, now and forever.
MFV is a very personal, high quality voice audio recording service to preserve their Loved One’s voices. These recordings are provided by caring and appreciative Civilians, Corporations and Organizations at no charge to our United States Armed Forces Military Personnel and Families (Active, Discharged, Retired, Reserve, Veterans) in meaningful and lasting honor of their commitment, risks and sacrifices to protect us all. These recordings can be life-changing and used all their lives and by their posterity.
These high quality audio recordings help to mitigate the extreme stresses brought on by relentless separations and the brutally constant presence of harm's way in Military life. In that way, these recordings can importantly help to preempt the disconnections, disorientations, distractions and debilitations brought on from long exposures to these stresses.
MFV gives them the highly detailed audio-recorded voices of those they love; so, they can listen to them whenever and as often as they need those reassurances and grounding relevancies in their lives.
All their lives, the stresses they face, or faced, because of their Military service can lead to Soldiers and Families reacting to those experiences and dangers in quiet or obviously destructive ways. This cycle of building stress on stress, if not calmed, can make their experiences even more brutal. Fortunately, they can use these voice recordings to possibly help stop those stresses from snowballing.
That is why Military and Families like the recordings. They can play them and revisit their positive personal bonds and influences any time they feel the need, regardless of the amount of and type of direct contact they have with their Loved Ones. We don't tell them how or when to use the recordings. They just use them when they need to, throughout their lives. Using these voice recordings can result in less fear, less stress and diminished feelings of distance and detachment. They hear the preserved voices of those they care about and feel connected and relevant.
Military Family Voices preserves for them: their children’s growing changing voices, their unborn baby’s hiccups or heartbeat, their parents and grandparents, their spouses, friends and buddies, their pets, and generally the sounds that influence their lives and that keep them connected firmly to life.
About Military Family Voices - Abstract
Military Family Voices, MFV, audio records and preserves the vivid voices of current and former Soldiers and Families for their constant comfort downrange, at home and for posterity. MFV works to record and preserve their voices in the highest possible quality directly on Post/Base for the participants and recipients to listen to later for predictable comfort and to trigger detailed memories to revisit and strengthen their personal bonds. MFV preserves their voices in high quality audio and not with video because the purpose is to capture the natural and every day nuances of their Loved Ones’ voices, and being on camera always changes an individual’s voice and mannerisms, even when they believe the opposite to be the case.
These recordings help to mitigate the extreme stresses brought on by relentless separations and the brutally constant presence of harm's way. In that way they can importantly help to preempt the disconnections, disorientations, distractions and debilitations brought on from long exposures to these stresses –all brutal problems which can return a Soldier home dysfunctional, detached, disoriented and dangerous to themselves and others.
This recording/voice preservation service is given at no charge to the Military and Soldiers by caring Civilians, Businesses and Organizations, who desire to recognize and honor the freely given sacrifices and risks that the Soldiers and Families experience to protect us all as they also serve to intimidate those who would threaten and reduce our worlds. Funding will never come from the Military because this is a 100% no cost gift to them, which will continue as such in perpetuity -in honor of what they do for us all.
This service is purposed for all Branches of the United States Armed Forces and in all locations -for Active Military, and Families, Reserve, Retired, Discharged and Veterans. For the present Pilot Program, Active Military are the main focus in priority because of the on-running deployments and the unique urgencies for voice preservation they cause.
The recording sessions, whether for a single Soldier or for an extended Family of 16 or more, are clear bonding experiences for the Soldiers and Families and foster connections and re-connections to reinforce ties, feelings of real-time presence and the remembered importance of those in their lives. The sessions can last up to an hour or more, and the Soldiers and Families can record as many times as they wish. The Soldiers and Families can call in or out to include, on their recordings, their Friends and Family members anywhere in the world. Even with no family members or Soldiers present on Post/Base, Family and Friends can call in and record their voices for their Soldier. Soldiers can call from downrange and record their voice for their Families. The recordings are used at home and downrange for constant and predictable comfort, reassurance and bond reinforcement.
The recordings are generally delivered at the end of a recording session in any digital format from CD to thumb drive and in large archival files, and if desired, in smaller files that can be e-mailed immediately to their Soldier downrange. The immediacy of this very personal service of voice is stunning, and many times a Soldier receives their recording within an hour of its recording. Unlike real-time electronic communications like Skype, which are unpredictable, of lesser voice quality and unrepeatable, these recordings are stunningly clear and replay-able any time the Family back home or the Soldier downrange needs the comfort and reassurance.
MFV is built on decades of expertise recording and archiving voices and their nuances of quality that trigger memories. The service is unprecedented and currently fully operational/robust for any presently recorded Military Personnel and Families. Voices are recorded along with other sounds important to reinforcing personal connections and bonds. For instance the audio sounds of the unborn child hiccuping or their heartbeat, motorcycle headers, cars, and pets are all preserved for their constant comfort and connection.
Military Family Voices is not a messaging service or a story preservation service. There are many other wonderful services that accomplish those specific functions. MFV’s singular purpose is to preserve their highly detailed voices, which are in fact the most formative, lifetime personal influences they have grown with, live with and have. Preserving their exact voice tone and unique qualities forever is important and priceless to the mind once they are played back in all that special detail. Therefore, exactly what they say during the recordings is of lesser importance than simply getting their voices preserved in detail. Nevertheless, during these special recordings, personal stories, family histories and life observations do many times emerge and give the Soldiers and Families beautiful archives of those experiences and heritages as well. Nothing they say is shared with anyone but the participants. The recordings are personal and solely for the use of the Soldiers and Families. They are never shared publicly.
Military Family Voices’ strategic growth model in application/operation is based around Three Main Phases: Introduction-Service-Growth, Permanent Sustainable Presence, and Transition-Deployment to the Next Post/Base.
Ultimately, permanent-recording facilities in Phase Two will be established on each Post/Base to service them on an on-running, sustainable basis. Once those permanent Phase Two recording service facilities are established on one Post/Base, MFV will focus on a next Base/Post for any branch of the Military. That process of appropriate expansion, growth and scaling for MFV will continue toward eventually all branches of the Military and for all locations.
Expansion is planned in scalable “Capacity Modules”, with a population of Soldiers and Family members at Fort Carson, the Pilot Program, being approximately 12,000 Soldiers with 38,000 Family members –the total of which represents one “Capacity Module” of recording service. As Military Family Voices expands to other Military Branches and Installations, their populations will be serviced by multiples of that well-established Capacity Module. For example, a Base/Post with a population of 30,000 Soldiers (a population of 90-100, 000 people) would require a minimum of 2 Capacity Modules. The Bases/Posts can be far different in location, size, purpose and Military Branch; however, the Military Family Voices’ recording service to support them through the Three Phases for each is the same for all Military populations.
Military Family Voices spun off from fiscal sponsorship to non-profit incorporation in Colorado in 2011 and received its Federal charitable 501 (c) (3) designation in 2011. MFV began the lengthy process of getting the Military permissions to record Soldiers and their Families for the Pilot Program directly on Fort Carson Army Mountain Post in early 2005 and received those permissions and subsequent invitations in early 2011. Introductions and recording began immediately at that time and continue to build in capacity. That Pilot Program for this initiative is now in full recording activity at Fort Carson Army Mountain Post in Colorado Springs, Colorado (www.carson.army.mil).
MFV is dedicated to the insuring that, “Out of sight and touch is never out of mind”.
Imagine Searching For Such a Program
Imagine being separated from those you love for very long periods of time under very stressful conditions and only having E-mail, Skype and short message contact with them for short periods of time. Imagine that during your short phone and Skype contacts, or phone messages, your voices are not as clear and present as if you were in person. Imagine that lower quality voice situation for a whole year of separation. Imagine not being able to hear their clear voice any time you need the comfort, connection or reassurance.
Imagine serving or having served your country and feeling as though society and the way of life you sacrificed to protect has forgotten about you and is not sensitive to your struggles which result directly from your service.
Imagine being a Civilian, or Business, or Organization who know you would like to do more meaningful and truly lasting things to show your deep respect for, and appreciation of, the intense risks and sacrifices our Military and Families endure on our behalf. However, you do not know where to turn to find a way to help and honor all these Soldiers and their Families.
Discovering the Real Thing
Now, imagine actively finding a way to positively affect all our Military and Families by giving them experiences and archives that can permanently and continually affect their well being.
You have, in fact, found Military Family Voices, and this is where we all build an honest legacy of helping those who protect us all. It's not complicated; we just help them with layers upon layers of positive experience, bonding and audio memory triggers.
We audio record their voices in vivid quality, not available to most, so they can play those clear, detailed voice recordings of the ones they love, over and over again for comfort, reinforcement of connection and security. These highly detailed recordings also serve to archive all their voices for posterity; so, a very high quality example of everyone's voice is preserved forever.
These recording experiences are true bonding experiences for the Loved Ones and exciting activities for them to receive as tributes for what they endure on our behalf. These recordings are something the Families can give their Soldiers for repeatable, predictable connection and comfort downrange.
Simple Request to You and a MFV Commitment to You
Every man, woman, child, business and organization can do what they do because of what these Military and Families endure and do on our behalf.
If you like what you see and it touches your heart, please help support the efforts financially, help improve getting the word out about MFV to other Civilians, Corporations and Organizations who can also help.
Our Military and Families do their best for us. Let's do our best for them.
The Military Family Voices Commitment: As you support these experiences and recordings for these Military and Families, we promise to keep the quality and positive impact on their lives as high as possible to give them something immediately meaningful and lasting in value.
Thank you for learning more about Military Family Voices and for joining us in many ways to show we are acutely aware of, and do care deeply about, what they risk and sacrifice on our behalf.
Certificate of Appreciation - 2011
Letter of Appreciation - 2011
Certificate of Appreciation - 2012
Certificate of Appreciation - 2013
Certificate of Appreciation - 2013
Medallion Received 2010
Coin Received 2013
Note from Command Downrange 2011
For Inspiration about Why We Do These Recordings, are there any Recommended Films to Watch?
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
Memorial Day (2010)
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Taking Chance (2010)
The Pacific (2010)
Band of Brothers (2001)
WWII in HD (2009)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Memphis Belle (1990)
Act of Valor theme music video:
For Inspiration about Why We Do These Recordings, are there any Recommended Songs/Performances to listen to?
"People In The Mirror" by John Stewart -Performed-John Stewart -Air Dream Believer
"Requiem For A Soldier" -Performed by Katherine Jenkins -One Fine Day
"Rejoice" -Performed by Katherine Jenkins -Rejoice
"I Will Pray For You" - Performed by Katherine Jenkins -Rejoice
"The Edge of Heaven" - by & Performed by Joel Douek & Lisbeth Scott -The Wildest Dream
"Hymn to the Fallen" -Performed by Katherine Jenkins