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JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Staff Sgt. Darrell Taylor, a deploying reservist, takes part in a USO and United Through Reading Military Program April 22. The reading program allows deploying military members to have a video recording made of them reading a book. The video and book are then sent to their children to enjoy while their parent is away. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Donna T. Jeffries)
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Storytime has no boundaries - deployed members read to their children across the miles

Posted 5/7/2011   Updated 5/6/2011 Email story   Print story


by Master Sgt. Donna T. Jeffries
514th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

5/7/2011 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Wing members are taking advantage of a storybook program that allows them to send a gift of love to their children that they can enjoy while the member is deployed.

The United Through Reading Military Program provides books for deploying members to choose from and then a video recording is made of the Airman reading the book. Once the recording is complete, the DVD is packaged with the book and mailed to the Airman's child.

This unique program lets children continue to enjoy the tradition of storytime while simultaneously receiving special messages of love and support from their parent. It also momentarily lessens the distance between parent and child as the child actually sees the parent's expressions while listening to his or her voice.

The United Service Organization, in partnership with United Through Reading offers, this reading program and encourages the parent at home to record his or her child watching the DVD. The parent at home can then send that video to the deployed member as a way of saying thank you.

"There is no end to books to choose from," said M.J. Flammer, USO of Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey operations manager. Books are being donated by schools, civic organizations and retailers.

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