This isn’t satire, at least I don’t think it is.
It is one of the hardest things about being a military family. How to cope when a husband and father, or wife and mother, is posted abroad, especially to combat zones such as Iraq or Afghanistan.
Now the United States army has come up with a bizarre solution: Flat Daddy and Flat Mommy.
Many military units can provide families with a life-size cardboard cutout of their overseas warrior. The family can then take that figure to parties, put it in the passenger seat of their car, take it to bed or do whatever it is that families want to with a replica of their loved one.
Wow, just like the real thing! I’ve got an idea, why not send the the cardboard cutouts to Iraq and Afghanistan and let the real soldiers come home. They’d be just as effective at bringing order to those countries.