They haven't seen their soldier grandson for almost a year. Now, thanks to the US Army and the miracles of modern technology, a Broken Arrow couple was able to connect, even with their grandson halfway across the world.
News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson has more on a very special long-distance phone call. It's one of the toughest things about being a military family. Your loved one is in harm's way and you're not able to call and check to make sure theyâ€™re OK.
One Broken Arrow couple was able to bridge the distance with help of a telephone, a television, and a satellite. Otto and Flora Seidl could barely sleep Monday night. They couldn't wait to talk their grandson, Major Bob Bennett, on the phone. He left for Iraq almost a year ago with a very important mission; help train the Iraqi National Guard.
Major Bennett went to Mosul for an interview with the News on 6; he had no idea his Broken Arrow family would be on the line. Otto Seidl: "Hey Bob this is grandpa how ya doing?â€ Major Bob Bennett: "Hey grandpa, doing fine thanks.â€ Flora Seidl: "We're all wishing you well we're praying for you we're hoping you get home soon." Major Bob Bennett: "Its gonna happen soon, just a little bit longer to go.â€
The Seidl's were so happy to see their grandson, they did note he'd lost a little weight, but he seemed to be in good spirits.
They laughed a lot and talked a little Sooner football, but one of the most touching parts of the conversation was Major Bennett discussing his work with the Iraqi National Guard.