App allows truckers who are military veterans to read to their families

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A major travel center company is pairing with a non-profit program that helps military veterans in the transportation industry stay connected with their families through reading.

As part of Driver Appreciation and National Literacy Month, Pilot Company is partnering with United Through Reading's Transportation Industry Veterans Outreach program, to extend the organization's app-based program to veteran professional drivers.

Using the United Through Reading app, veterans can select a free book from their collection, and record themselves reading a story to their families. United Through Reading will send the family a hard copy of the book or eBook along with the recording, enabling veteran drivers to read with their children no matter the distance or time zone.

"What better way is there to stay connected to your loved ones than sharing a story?" said James Haslam II, a military veteran and Pilot Company founder and chairman emeritus. "United Through Reading gives professional drivers who are veterans a platform to read and share a book with their family back home, helping relieve some of the stress of being on the road and providing a way to experience special moments together regardless of the distance."

United Through Reading was founded on the principle that family separation is one of the most difficult parts of being in the military. There are more than one million military veterans that are professional truck drivers. They often face similar challenges of separation while on the road as professional drivers.

To learn more about United Through Reading and sign up as a veteran professional driver for the United Through Reading app program, visit