United Through Reading Receives Inaugural Community Service Hero Award

Medal of Honor recipient and Society President Tom Kelley (left) and Medal of Honor recipient Barney Barnum (right) present the Community Service Hero Award to UTR. UTR CEO, Dr. Sally Ann Zoll and UTR Board Chair, Jeff Mader received on behalf of the organization.

“We are incredibly humbled by this experience and to be the first recipient of this award. It is an extraordinary honor to be recognized out of all of the many worthy organizations that serve our nation’s military members and their families.”
– Dr. Sally Ann Zoll, United Through Reading CEO

We are honored to announce that, on Friday, March 25, United Through Reading proudly received the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s inaugural Community Service Hero Award at a ceremony at Joint-Base Myer-Henderson Hall on National Medal of Honor Day. United Through Reading was selected for our innovative and grassroots response to a critical need in the armed forces community for over 25 years, our exceptional international impact on military families, and demonstrating the impact of one person’s courageous transformative vision and actions.

The Citizen Honors Awards were created by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to recognize organizations and individuals that have made a difference in the lives of others through a singular act of extraordinary heroism, or through their continued commitment to putting others first.

“The Society congratulates United Through Reading for receiving Citizen Honors, in recognition of their visionary leadership  in serving military service members.  UTR embodies the spirit of the Medal of Honor and we are pleased to recognize them for their efforts,” said Tom Kelly, Medal of Honor recipient and Congressional Medal of Honor Society President.

We are honored to be included in these awards, and will endeavor to use this opportunity as the recipient of the inaugural Community Service Hero Award to expand our service to the military community, and to encourage other organizations across America to serve their communities with courage, sacrifice, selflessness and patriotism.

Thank you for your continued support of United Through Reading! Our mission delivery would not be possible without the help of volunteers, military families, generous donors,  and UTR friends like you. With your support, we look forward to continuing our mission of connecting military families and encouraging literacy worldwide.
Visit the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation online to learn more about the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and 2016 Citizen Honors Recipients.

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