United Through Reading is dedicated to uniting U.S. military families who face physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together.
In nearly 200 locations worldwide, United Through Reading offers military service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading books to their children at home. Our program creates emotional connections between parents and their children, encourages literacy, and makes homecomings easier.
In 2015, with the help of more than 500 volunteers, United Through Reading served more than 100,000 beneficiaries, at nearly 200 recording locations around the world distributing more than 25,000 books to military children.
In 2015, families stayed connected using the United Through Reading program at:
- 66 US Navy Ships, Submarine, Aviation and Special Forces commands
- 26 US Marine Corps Commands and Libraries
- 12 US Army Units serving Active-Duty, National Guard and Reserve
20 US Coast Guard Cutters and Commands
- 4 US Air Force Commands serving Active-Duty, National Guard and Reserve
7 Joint Bases
- 48 USO Host Sites
5 Military medical facilities serving the Wounded, Ill and Injured
- 81% of participants report a decrease in their children’s anxiety about the deployment
- 88% of participants report an increase in connectedness with deployed service members
- 90% of participants report that participation reduced their own stress during deployment
- 78% of participants report increases in their child’s interest in reading and books
- 83% of recordings are watched nearly every day or more often.
One recording, with one story on it, may be watched more than 250 times during a ten-month deployment.
25,000 recordings, with an average of two children at home, over the course of a year of deployments adds up to more than a million bedtime stories each year.