Sesame Street is conducting a special video tour of 43 military bases as part of "Talk, Listen, Connect", a joint project of the Department of Defense and Sesame Workshop. The goal is to help young children with parents who have been deployed.
Michelle Joyner, a spokeswoman for the National Military Family Association says, "It's a very serious topic, but the magic of 'Sesame Street' makes it a great way to talk to kids about something so serious."
When Elmo, whose father has been deployed in the videos, says "Sometimes there are days I miss my Daddy", it prompts one child to call out "I miss my Daddy, too!"
There are 650,000 children under 5 in Guard, Reserve and Active Duty families.