The "flat daddy" idea is one of many good suggestions made by the National Military Family Association.
—Marguerite Kelly, "How a Dad Can Be in Two Places at Once," The Washington Post, September 8, 2006
Now, thanks to a popular family-support program, they're even closer.
Welcome to the "Flat Daddy" and "Flat Mommy" phenomenon, in which life-size cut-outs of deployed service members are given by the Maine National Guard to spouses, children, and relatives back home.
The Flat Daddies ride in cars, sit at the dinner table, visit the dentist, and even are brought to confession.
—Brian Macquarrie, "Flat-out guarding those on home front," The Age, September 1, 2006
Until he returns, there's a two-dimensional stand-in of Capt. David Bruschwein around the house — and about town. ... Cindy Bruschwein, 33, enlarged a photo of her smiling, camouflage fatigue-wearing husband, and printed a life-size version of him, from the waist up .
The likeness was quickly named "Flat Dave." But to the couple's 19-month-old daughter, Sarah, the cutout is known as "Flat Daddy."
—"Flat Daddy fills in on the homefront," Associated Press, July 19, 2003