In honor of Veteran’s Day, please support me in helping military parents stay connected to their families while they are serving.
As many of you may know, my husband retired from the Virginia Army National Guard after serving 21 years of combined active duty and reserve time. He deployed multiple times when our boys were very young. The most significant deployment was in 2004, which took him away from home for 18 months when our two boys were 3 and 5 years old. I was essentially a single parent during that time, trying to run a business, maintain our home and still make sure our children’s needs were being met. Bedtime stories were a big part of that, but there were nights I was so tired I would fall asleep in the middle of the book!
United Through Reading exists to serve deployed family members by keeping them connected with their family back home. The service member is video-recorded reading a book to their children at home and then the recording along with the book are mailed back to them.
I didn’t know about this wonderful organization when we could have used them most – so I have made in my mission to spread the word about United Through Reading so other children don’t miss out on months of bedtime stories like my sons did. I know it would have made a tremendous difference in our lives if we have received DVD recordings of their father reading stories to them (both for the boys but for me too!)
Please consider making a donation in honor or Veteran’s Day by clicking on the DONATE NOW link on the left. Your gift will allow others to stay connected to their kids while they are away.
United Through Reading is a non-profit organization that offers military parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children from nearly 200 recording locations worldwide. Our program creates an emotional connection between parents and their child, encourages literacy, eases homecomings and gives families the tools to reintegrate into a daily routine. Since inception, over two million military parents, spouses and children have benefited from United Through Reading’s programs and services.
Learn more at www.unitedthroughreading.org