Military members and their families experience a wide range of service-related separations including deployments, training commitments, and irregular work hours. These factors and increased military operations since the events of 9/11 mean service members and their families are under constant stress. This continuous cycle of upheaval can lead to increased anxiety, behavioral problems, and academic difficulties for military children. The cumulative effects contribute to a reduction in military family readiness. Tools to address these factors must be readily accessible to military families.
For Military Families, READiness365 Will:
Maintain FAMILY CONNECTIONS, boosting morale and making
reintegration easier. 93% of families said the United Through Reading program made family bonds stronger.
Reinforce FAMILY ROUTINES which reduces stress for the whole family. 98% of families said United Through Reading is a critical family readiness and resiliency tool.
Provide COMMUNICATION that is reliable, repeatable, and accessible storytime on demand. 97% of families said UTR recordings made deployments or separations easier.
Promote DAILY READING, which strengthens military children’s literacy skills and educational development. 90% of families reported an increase in a child’s love of reading since watching UTR video-recordings.
The more reading ready our military families are, the stronger our nation is today and tomorrow.
READiness365 is United Through Reading’s campaign to bolster military family readiness for all service-related separations by maintaining essential family bonds and building literacy skills through digital storytime. By increasing access to and use of our mobile reading App, while also building access and usage to our Story Stations around the world, we can make military families reading ready.
With the support of Reader’s Digest Foundation, the campaign’s Keystone Sponsor, and our other investing and program partners, service members and their families will continue to read together every day no matter the oceans, continents, and time zones between them.
Photo Credit: MC1 Byron C. Linder/Navy