Compensation for this post was provided by Dove Men+Care via MSB New Media.  All opinions expressed in this piece are my own.


I don’t think any military spouse is surprised when we miss a holiday together when our service member is deployed or away on military business. That being the case, it still doesn’t make any easier to miss those special occasions. This coming Sunday many military families will be missing Father’s Day with their loved one . Although this can be alittle disappointing to know Dad won’t be here to celebrate the day with the family it doesn’t have to be.

Below are some ways to celebrate Father’s Day long distance:

A Good Old Fashioned Skype Gathering

I have talked about my family’s Skype dates with our soldier many times. My husband and I usually set up time for ourselves separately, but on Father’s Day is the perfect time for the whole family to join in and interact. Take a moment and let the kids perform for dad, sing, dance and act silly just like they would if dad were home.

Virtual Father’s Day Dinner

One of the things we did was have dinner with my husband when he was deployed on Father’s Day. Thank goodness he stayed up but he agreed to make sure he was there to sit on our laptop screen at the dinner table. It was fun! Although he couldn’t eat his favorite food he did have some special snacks I had sent to him in his care package that he was able to enjoy as we ate.

Virtual Gifts

There are tons of gifts you can send online. My husband is obsessed with computer gaming and he loved nothing more then getting a gift card to put towards another game . Music gift cards are also great. If you want to personalize things more create a virtual playlist of all his favorite songs.

Although my husband won’t be home to celebrate Father’s Day with us this weekend I love to see the celebrations of those who will, especially those serving overseas who make it home just in time.

This is why I am proud to share about Dove: MissionCare who has partnered with Operation Homefront to bring 300 military fathers home to their families just in time for their big day.

Gather your Tissue As Dove: MissionCare shares this soldier’s story of being away from his family and a surprise reunion that is amazing!

You can say Thank You to our troops very simply by click below to leave a message of thanks.  Also anytime you purchase Dove Men products know that you are helping to continue the #MissionCare cause and bring more service members home to their families.



Dove wants to give your husband or dad  a Dove Men’s Care Prize Pack to  lucky winner. Simply leave a comment about how you and your dad or significant other will spend Father’s Day.

Giveaway ends June 20th at 11:59EST. One winner will be chosen who must be 18 years of age or older and reside in USA/APO. Winner will be selected via and contacted by email.






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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

47 Comments on Dove: MissionCare Brings Military Dads Home +Making Father’s Day Special When Daddy Is Away + Dove Giveaway

  1. I would love to win this for my husband! all of our husbands being military need to relax and after deployment it is extremly hard for them too. They all deserve a great fathers day! we will be spending it grilling and hanging out with eachother enjoying eachothers company

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  2. We will be celebrating at a BBQ with friends. He was deployed last year and this year my step kids will be here so we will all be together. We can’t wait!

  3. This year my husband is away for Father’s Day – we are hoping to be able to Skype so that he can see his boys. He will be returning home in July and that is when we will catch up celebrating all our missed holidays/birthdays/anniversary. I plan on cooking his favorite meals during the day – things he has missed from home: homemade cinnamon rolls, homemade pizza and i’m sure there will be some grilled items as well. We look forward to our belated celebrations!

  4. Spent fathers day with my dad & brothers. spoke to hubby on the phone & the kids got to talk to him too. I cant wait until hubbys deployment is over!

  5. This is the first Father’s Day my husband was able to be home. We didn’t do anything big, but it was nice to spend it as a family for once!

  6. We celebrated early by going to see the new Superman movie on Saturday. On Sunday, the kids helped to make breakfast and we relaxed at home.

  7. I made my husband a nice pork loin and potato salad.The 4 kids each gave him a homemade card and a couple small gifts.We just spent the day relaxing and watching movies.Thanks!

  8. My husband and i spent the day with my parents. We cooked lunch for my Dad. I got my husband a nice card and a gift from the kids.

  9. My fiance and I spent father’s day calling our dads, because they both live out of town and then we spent the rest of the day with our grandson and granddaughter at the park.

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