Maine American Legion Auxiliary helps soldiers make videos for children

Posted Oct. 04, 2011, at 7:26 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 04, 2011, at 7:48 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state’s American Legion Auxiliary has joined a program that helps soldiers deployed overseas stay connected with their children back home, Mary Wells, education chairwoman for the the auxiliary, said Tuesday.

The auxiliary is partnering with United Through Reading, a national program that records a soldier reading a book to his or her child or children on video, she said.

“It helps our soldiers stay bonded with their families,” said Wells, who lives in Houlton and has a nephew who is deployed. “It’s for the children. They know Dad or Mom is away at a dangerous place.”

Seeing their parent’s face on the home television is a comfort, especially when they are reading a favorite book, she said.

The American Legion is the world’s largest veterans organization. The American Legion Auxiliary supports the Legion and offers its own programs, Wells said.

The United Through Reading program is just one example, she said.

“This powerful program is available to all deploying military units” and at some overseas military bases, the United Through Reading website states. “It provides parents a chance to make powerful and lasting connections with their children and parent from afar.”

The state’s American Legion Auxiliary has 100 recordable DVDs that it is sending to deployed soldiers with Maine ties, Wells said.

Those who would like more information about the DVD reading program may go to the United Through Reading website or call the American Legion Auxiliary state headquarters in Oakland at 465-4966.

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