BAE Systems sponsors United Through Reading Storybook Ball.
Veteran’s Day is a time to honor the sacrifices so many have made for our families and country. For most, it’s a sacrifice that includes leaving loved ones at home. United Through Reading (UTR) understands the sacrifices made by military families, and has made it their mission to unite military families facing physical separation during deployment.
UTR serves deployed servicemen and women by giving them the opportunity to connect with their families through the read-aloud experience. Military family members are recorded reading popular children’s storybooks on DVDs, which are then shipped to their children at home. Not only do these recordings give military families a way to maintain important emotional connections, but statistics also reveal a positive influence of read-aloud recordings for children – including improvement in literacy and language skills, vocabulary development and growth and encouragement toward a long-term interest in reading.
For nine years now, BAE Systems has been a proud partner in helping UTR fulfill its mission to unite military families through storytelling.  Beginning with a major sponsorship of the annual Storybook Ball in 2009, BAE Systems has continued its support for several UTR programs, including all five Tribute to Military Families dinners, the 40 Million Stories campaign, and multiple Storybook Balls. 
On November 10, 2018, BAE Systems was title-sponsor for the 10th Annual Storybook Ball in San Diego, California. This year’s Storybook Ball also marked an exciting new chapter for the BAE Systems-UTR partnership, with the debut launch of the new Mobile Story Station. In an effort to reach even more service members and their families, the branded and customized Ford Transit will routinely visit locations military families frequent, including exchanges, commissaries, libraries, MWR locations, and military bases and other work sites to maximize visibility and accessibility. Military members will be able to record stories for their families in the BAE Systems-UTR Mobile Story Station.
With more than 100,000 military parents leaving nearly 250,000 children at home each year, UTR, with BAE Systems’ support, continues to find new ways to close these gaps and ensure that every military child has access to a bedtime story – no matter the distance.