Launched in 1997, NEA’s “Read Across America” program focuses the country’s attention on literacy and motivating children to read, and master basic skills. Recognized worldwide by DoDEA, a civilian agency that serves the children of U.S. service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, the annual reading initiative is celebrated every spring and is officially observed on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
“I enjoy touring with the USO and supporting our troops,” says Reynolds. “Being an actor and a Vietnam veteran, I recognize the importance of reading and understand what military kids nowadays go through. It’s not easy and anything I can do to help them, I am there.”
Reynolds joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating high school. Serving far from his family home in Oskaloosa, Kansas, he was stationed in Hawaii and later deployed to Vietnam. After serving more than a year in combat, Reynolds was wounded and returned to the U.S., where he was eventually discharged. A long-time supporter of the U.S. military, he has embarked on five USO tours and was the first person to participate in the USO Celebrity Education Program, a specialized tour that allows celebrities to share their talents and show their appreciation for service members and their families.
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