Beginning Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2010, military moms and dads separated from their children began sharing the closeness of family story time, thanks to Operation Record a Story.
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Operation Record a Story Brings Deployed Families Together

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Having a parent deployed for any period of time can be a difficult experience for a military family, for both children and parents alike.

Beginning Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2010, military moms and dads separated from their children began sharing the closeness of family story time, thanks to Operation Record a Story. Publications International, Ltd., (PIL) donated its Record a Story books to the non-profit United Through Reading Military Program in order that deployed service members could record and send guided storybooks home to their children. The books, together with a video of the deployed parent recording the story, create an unprecedented program offering the gift of togetherness, started just in time for the 2010 holidays.

According to Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D and Chief Executive of United Through Reading, through Operation Record a Story helps to close the distance and ease the feeling of loneliness between soldiers on active duty service and their young children at home.

OPERATION RECORD A STORY IN ACTION

Over the last 20 years, United Through Reading has been able to reach more than 870,000 military families, to ease the hardship of separation by creating a special family reading and story time. Operation Record a Story's recordable storybook is part of the United Through Reading package, acknowledging that there is something special taking place when military children can experience their deployed parent's voice guiding them through the pages of books like 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Sesame Street: Together at Heart, and character favorites like Dora the Explorer and Guess How Much I Miss You.

Since 1990, United Through Reading has been sending military kids videotapes of their deployed parents reading books aloud for them. The program, which is free-of-charge, also encourages parents or caretakers at home to photograph or videotape the child enjoying the book and DVD they receive, and then send the photos or videotapes back to the deployed service member.

USO President Sloan Gibson said, "The United Through Reading program has contributed greatly to achieving our common goal, which is to continually deliver comfort and support to our troops and their families." Record a Story is the latest initiative.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN RECORD A STORY?

You can create an Operation Record a Story recordable storybook at the following United Through Reading locations:

USO DFW - Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
USO - Fort Hood, Texas
USO - BWI Airport
USO Camp Beuhring - Kuwait
USO Balad - Iraq
USO Kandahar - Afghanistan
USO Bagram - Afghanistan (Pat Tillman Memorial USO)
USO of Georgia - Jean R. Amos USO Center
USS George H. W. Bush (Naval Station Norfolk, VA)
USS Abraham Lincoln (Everett, WA)


Record a Story is available this holiday season at major retailers. For more information, visit www.record-a-story.com. For information about how to donate to the United Through Reading Military Program, visit www.unitedthroughreading.org.



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