United Through Reading
One of the most difficult things a child can experience is having a parent separated from them for an indeterminate period of time. United Through Reading® helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via recording for their family to watch at home.
Being a parent is not required; service members can send the recording & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the recording.
USO centers have books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room during the recording session.
This program is offered regularly at the following locations:
- Ramstein USO Center
- Spangdahlem USO Center
- USO Kaiserslautern Administrative Office - on Kleber Kaserne
- Landstuhl Regional Medical Center through our Warrior Center USO
Check out the events page to see when our next United Through Reading Event is scheduled near you.
We also offer special scheduled appointments if you can’t make it to one of our open events. Please contact the USO Center that you would like to schedule your appointment with, for further instruction.
If you are interested in scheduling a United Through Reading® for a unit deployment please fill out our form here.
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