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Separated Military Families come together with United Through Reading

Joining Forces recognizes efforts to support and connect military families

As part of our Family Friday Blog series, I’d like to highlight the United Through Reading Organization, which allows separated military service members to connect with their children or relatives through recorded stories.

United Through Reading gives deployed service members the opportunity to be video-recorded while reading a story to their children or other relatives. This contact creates emotional connections which helps to reduce the stress of deployment. Service members are able to record their readings at nearly 200 stations worldwide, which can be found here.

Since its beginning in 1989, over 1.5 million children, parents, and other caring adults have participated in United Through Reading, which has helped make the lives of separated military families a little easier. Organizations like United Through Reading are very appreciated in the military community and help increase military and family readiness.

For more information on the United Through Reading Organization, please visit their website at

Colonel Rich Morales is the Executive Director for Joining Forces