www.boingboing.net/2006/08/31/whos_your_flat_daddy.html Who's your Flat Daddy? 2D proxies of deployed troops ease pain The Army National Guard is providing life-sized photo replicas of deployed service members to families as a way to ease the pain of separation. So far, the Guard has paid for large-sized photo prints of 100 troop members. Families receive supplies to attach the photo to a foam board. Cutouts are also provided to parents and family members of childless service members. Snip: Lt. Col. Randall Holbrook travels just about everywhere with his wife Mary and their two sons, Justin, 14, and Logan, 5. Heâs quietly in the background on family outings to the grocery store, to restaurants, camping, even on Maryâs most recent visit to her gynecologist. Randall has little to say because heâs a ââFlat Daddy,ââ a two-dimensional foam board likeness from the waist up of the Maine Army National Guard officer from Hermon who was sent to Afghanistan in January with the 240th Engineer Group of Augusta. Link, alternate link. Image: Bridget Brown / Bangor Daily News via AP. "Logan, 3, and Justin Holbrook, 14, rode to dinner with the life-size cutout of their father, Lieutenant Colonel Randall Holbrook, a Maine National Guardsman from Hermon, Maine."