BAE Systems Johnson City facility is teaming up with United Through Reading and First Book to connect military service members and their families through a summer reading program. For the entire month of June, the three companies will host a virtual book drive.
BAE Systems employees will aim to raise $50,000 by donating money through the end of June. For every $10 raised, United Through Reading gets five books that can be given to military children along with a DVD of their parent reading the same book. This way, the kids can watch and read along with their parent, who will be deployed on ships or on the ground at command locations all over the world.
This is all in an effort to help ease the anxiety of the children of their parent being away and at the same time, help parents feel they are part of their children’s daily life.
“We believe it is critical to help members of our armed forces around the world stay connected to their kids and their families, even when they are far away doing their duty serving their country,” said Doug Stewart, vice president for government systems at BAE Systems and a board member of United Through Reading. “If we can help use this program to minimize the stress that long-term military deployments can put on family life, I know our employees will be proud to be involved.”
Service members can also read to extended family members, including nieces, nephews, siblings and other children whom they mentor.