National Guard providing cardboard “Flat Daddy” cutouts to families of faraway soldiers

The Flat Daddy, the National Guard’s idea of a replacement for the actual daddy:

Flat Daddy!

I kid you not.  The Boston Globe had this a couple of days ago — "Flat Daddy cutouts ease longing" reads the sub-head:

At the request of relatives, about 200 Flat Daddy and Flat Mommy photos have been enlarged and printed at the state National Guard headquarters in Augusta. The families cut out the photos, which show the Guard members from the waist up, and glue them to a $2 piece of foam board.

I dunno.  I guess if the families are getting some solace out of it, whatever.  But it just seems so damn sad that things are so bad that people are actually thrilled to have cardboard replicas of their family members.

First noticed via BoingBoing.