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Grad Parents absolutely must read.

After the War Zone, A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families by Laurie B. Slone, PhD and Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD Da Capo Press, 2008 Very good comprehensive book for soldiers, family and friends, written by the Associate Director and Executive Director of the VA National Center for PTSD.
http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/

Your Soldier Your Army, A Parent’s Guide by Vicki Cody, The Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the United States Army. Written by the wife of General Cody a West Point grad and a good friend to the cadets.
http://www3.ausa.org/pdfdocs/yoursoldier.pdf

The Unforgiving Minute by Craig M. Mullaney The Penguin Press 2009.
2000 West Point Grad and Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Book starts with Beast through Ranger school, Oxford and Afghanistan deployment.

Soldiers absolutely must read


After the War Zone, A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families by Laurie B. Slone, PhD and Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD Da Capo Press, 2008 Very good comprehensive book for soldiers, family and friends, written by the Associate Director and Executive Director of the VA National Center for PTSD.
http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/

Traumatic Stress Resiliency Training Online Programs for Veterans or Active Duty.  A half-day seminar and a two-day seminar. “TSR training designed to be mastered in a couple of hours.” PTSD can be preventable.
http://preventptsd.com/

Three Cups of Tea One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time, By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Greg Mortenson has built over 78 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, providing education for over 28,000 children. This also talks about the Afghan culture and way of looking at things.


More Interesting Books

Porcelain On Steel | Women of West Point's Long Gray Line  by Donna M. McAleer

Absolutely American, Four Years at West Point  by David Lipsky, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003

In a Time of War, The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point’s Class of 2002, by Bill Murphy Jr. Henry Holt and Company, 2008 Written from soldiers’ diaries and interviews. Very good book but hard to read with some graphic events.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead Trade, 2004

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead 2007

Blood Brothers Among the Soldiers of Ward 57 by Michael Weisskopf, Henry Holt and Company 2006. Weisskopf was an imbedded reporter who through out a hand grenade that had landed in the Humvee he was riding in and ended up in Walter Reed Army Hospital as a patient.

On Call, A Doctor’s Iraq War Story, by CDR. Richard Jadick with Thomas Hayden. New American Library, 2007 Jadick, a Navy doctor, decided to move the emergency rooms right into the battlefield to save time and lives.

In An Instant, A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, by Lee & Bob Woodruff, Random House 2007. Woodruff, a reporter was seriously injured by a roadside bomb. He is the only civilian ever treated at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Courage After Fire, Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families, by Keith Armstrong, L.C.S.W./Suzanne Best, PhD./Paula Domenici, Ph.D. Forward by Senator Bob Dole. Ulysses Press 2006

Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Carolyn Simpson and Dwain Simpson L.C.S.W. The Posen Publishing Group, Inc/New York 1997
Good introduction to all types of PTSD.

Generation Kill by Evan Wright. Story of March, 2003 when the Marines first invaded Iraq.

Dreamers of the day by Mary Doria Russell, Random House, 2008.  Historical fiction. Tells how Iraq was formed.

Wired For War, The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century  by P.W. Singer The Penguin Press 2009. About remote warfare. How someone in the US can control what is happening thousands of miles away in the field.

My Guantanamo Diary: the detainees and the stories they told me by Mahvish Rukhsana Khan Public Affairs, 2008. Rukhsana was born in the United States to Pashtun immigrants. She went to Green Hills High School in Ann Arbor, MI. While she was in law school she traveled to Guantanamo to be a translator for the Afghans held there.

Inside The Wire by Erik Saar and Viveca Novak the Penguin Press 2005
A Military Intelligence soldier’s eyewitness account of life at Guantanamo. Not a fun place to be.

Boots on the Ground by Dusk My Tribute to Pat Tillman by Mary Tillman with Narda Zacchino, Modern Times 2008
Mary Tillman’s battle with the military to find out how her son died in Afghanistan.

I am a soldier, too: the Jessica Lynch Story by Rick Bragg Alfred A. Knoft, 2003. Jessica Lynch was “saved” from an Iraq hospital after her convoy was ambushed and she was “captured”.

Pamphlets and web links

Your Soldier Your Army, A Parent’s Guide by Vicki Cody, The Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the United States Army.

Traumatic Stress Resiliency Training for Veterans or Active Duty.
TSR training designed to be mastered in a couple of hours.
http://preventptsd.com/

Movies

Lioness Film makers Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers 2008 Documentary. Female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat.
http://www.lionessthefilm.com/

Brothers at War The documentary film follows Jake Rademacher tagging along as his two brothers serve in Iraq.
http://www.brothersatwarmovie.com/

Generation Kill  March 2003 the Marines invade Iraq.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0995832/

The Kite Runner
http://www.kiterunnermovie.com/

 
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