About Us

Founded in 1989, United Through Reading is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) public benefit organization.

Our mission is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together.

Our vision is that all children will feel the security of caring family relationships and develop a love of reading through the read aloud experience.

United Through Reading is the nation’s first nonprofit to promote the read-aloud experience for separated military families.  United Through Reading offers service members who are away from their families because of deployment, training, or active duty the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children at home, easing the stress of separation, strengthening family bonds, encouraging early childhood literacy and cultivating a love of reading.

From nearly 200 recording locations worldwide Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coasties on active duty and in the reserve component can read to their children from bases and installations around the world, in forward operating locations, on US Navy ships and Coast Guard cutters, at nearly 60 USO centers and in military medical facilities stateside. Since its founding 25 years ago, more than two million military parents, spouses and children have benefited from the program.