We are currently waiting for my husband to return from Afghanistan...about 50 more days and his year will be finished.
I saw a friend whose husband is in the military with these "hug a hero" dolls that have a picture of her husband on them, and her twin girls each had one to carry around. I am a mother of three young girls, and this is something that would priceless for the State Dept. to employ. http://www.operationhugahero.org/tag/free-hug-a-hero-dolls/
There is also another military idea of making life-size posters of the service parent to put on the wall in the house...that would be a great thing as well.
Thanks for thinking of adding something like this for UT families. The children really need reminders and something physical they can see and hold.