In the heat of battle, soldiers share many significant and life-altering situations with their teammates and comrades. Comrades are basically the closest they have to a family out in the field.
When the dust settles and people go back home to lead normal lives, comrades sometimes lose touch. This does not mean, though, that they forget, because the soldier’s experience always affects his being to an extent that will definitely last a lifetime.
Thanks to the internet, there are a lot of ways by which long-lost friends and comrades can reconnect and find each other again. Websites such as VetFriends.com that operate sites where soldiers from the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard can find friends that they haven’t heard from in years.
The site operates by maintaining databases with personnel information. These databases are filled by veterans, reservists and even active members of the Armed Forces who register and become members of the site. One can choose to avail of a free membership package or other packages that require dues. The concept of the site is to encourage soldiers to make their information known so that their comrades in turn can find them.
Another site is Military.com, which, aside from providing a way for old friends to reconnect, also connects soldiers and their families to benefits, scholarships, discounts and mentors. In essence, they assist soldiers and their families in making the most out of military life. Militaryconnections.com also provides news and information on military education and veteran’s benefits.
The British Military also have a lot of sites that help soldiers reconnect with old comrades. Oldoppos.co.uk even features an online dating service and a job search facility for British soldiers who have returned to civilian life. Forcesreunited.org.uk and Veterans-uk.info help reunite long lost buddies from the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.