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03/12/03 - Gilmer

"You've Got Mail"...The Best Words Some East Texas Families Can Hear

"When you turn it on and it says, 'you've got mail', okay you can't wait for it all to come up," That's what Gayle Cazalas lives for. "Sometimes he only has a minute and he can get on there and say, 'hi mom, doing' ok."

Gayle and her husband Melvin say the Internet is a lifeline to their son, Petty Officer Melton Cazalas. Deployed to Kuwait 8 months ago, it's the daily e-mails they receive telling them he's safe and sound aboard the Navy's U.S.S Abraham-Lincoln. "When I read it," Gayle Tells. "I can hear his voice in my head. I can tell what kind of mood he's in."

Unlike packages... Which some Troops can no longer receive--for fear that terrorists might send poison or anthrax... the e-mail has it's advantages Melvin explains, "You get it the same day, sometimes within a minute."

Where a letter can take 1 to 3 weeks. A lag time the Jodi Tucker knows all too well. Her husband, Corporal Travis Tucker isn't as fortunate, "His battalion doesn't have running water, electricity--so we can't talk back and forth through e-mail," she says. "So, I have to wait for either a letter. " A wait that can be agonizing.

Jennifer Brice, reporting.

And now your military e-mails have the chance to become part of history. The South Carolina Museum is asking for e-mails and letters from the Iraqi conflict to be preserved. The e-mail will help chronicle what daily life is like. If you're interested in participating, click on the "Know more on 7 Icon" on KLTV's homepage and hit the "Historic Military E-Mails" link.

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