Stay connected with your children while deployed

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Eichman, from Bakersfield, Calif., records himself reading a book to his daughter through the United Through Reading program aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance. 

New app allows deployed military parents to read to their children while away from home

According to an article published by, non-profit United Through Reading has developed an app that military parents can use to stay in contact with their children when deployed. The app is available for download now. 

Service member’s deployments require sacrifice from the family, as well as the Service member themselves. The new app should help lessen the impact on the parent/child relationship by allowing the deployed parent to remain involved with their child, even if they are thousands of miles apart. 

The mission of United Through Reading is to bring together military families facing separation due to deployment and facilitating the bonding experience of the deployed parent by allowing them to read to their child out loud via recordings. 

The article related that “these recordings are said to ease the stress of separation, maintain positive emotional connections and cultivate a love of reading and early childhood literacy.”

The app is free and allows Service members to record themselves on video and email the link to their child’s caregiver back home. The parent can also request a copy of the book they read be sent to their family. The book is free, thanks to a donation from The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. 

The app is available on iOS and Android devices, and the recordings are secure with a login from’s TroopID.

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