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Best new books for military spouses ~ 2017
My three children have endured three long deployments without their daddy. Supporting military kids is very real to me. Our family has benefited from those who have it on their heart to reach out to military kids with good quality books. Contrary to what many believe, there are MANY books for  military kids (LINK to my lists). And now I am delighted to highlight some NEW military children books!
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Author: Bethany Barnett

Every life has its defining moment, an experience that changes everything. For three Irish military veterans - John, Ger and Kevin - that moment continues to echo through their lives. An explosion. A vow. A chance decision. Now each must live with the fallout from his actions. There is no going back and no rewriting the past. But there is another decision to make, and there is a prayer to pray. A man can set a different course and continue his life with a fresh purpose. Anyone who has served will recognize these stories of heartache and happiness, troubles and blessings. In About Face, three extraordinary veterans share their experiences and offer us something more: an invitation to take the next step, encouragement to look for the next defining moment.

Additional books to help with PTSD are listed HERE
About Face: Finding Peace Within the Battle
The Extraordinary Story of Three Irish Military Veterans
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Author: Cara Loken

There are roughly 1.1 million military spouses of the US Armed Forces spread across communities around the globe. They are entrepreneurs and volunteers, educators and lawyers, authors and elected representatives, stay-at-home parents and advocates. These men and women embody the American dream by sacrificing on behalf of the pursuit of freedom, while chasing bold dreams of their own. Often told are the stories of the selfless service of the heroes in military uniform, but lesser known is the everyday imprint being left on the nation by those who support those service members. This book seeks to capture the inspirational tales of those military spouses who continue to make a difference daily.

Additional memoirs about military families are found HERE
Additional books to encourage military spouses are found HERE
Behind the Scenes: The Tales of American Military Spouses Making a Difference
Authors: Megan Casper and Alana Le

We wrote this journal with the hardworking military spouse in our hearts and minds. 

It’s for the new wife who has found herself half way around the world at a new duty station, attempting to navigate military life far from friends and family. It’s for the mama trying to be everything to everyone while he is gone, never getting a break for herself. And it’s for the woman who has done so much to serve beside her husband, wondering if anyone knows or even cares about the dreams she has sacrificed along the way. 

Dear military spouse, this 12-month journal was created as a place for you to clear the clutter and process this journey. Our hope is that you use this as a tool to speak your heart onto paper. Use it to work through your struggles and successes, to dream and plan for the future, and to strengthen the connection you have to your spouse even in the midst of distance and lonely nights. 

More than anything, we want you to know that we see you. We hear you. And we recognize that what you and your service member spouse are doing is one of the hardest things you will ever do. You are doing something most of your friends and family will never understand. 

But you are not alone.

Books to equip military spouses through military life and deployment are found HERE
Military spouse stories are found HERE
Got Your Six: A 12-Month Journal for Military Spouses
Best new books for military children ~ 2017
Authors: Theresa Sonnleitner and Martha Damek

Have you ever had to show courage when something difficult happens and you have no idea what to do? That's exactly how Kenzie felt when her daddy was deployed, until . . . 

In addition to a story of resilience, Kenzie's Courage includes an Emotional Toolbox containing strategies to support families in transition and loss.

There are many books to encourage military kids going through deployment. View the entire list HERE
Kenzie's Courage: Kindness and Friendship Inspire a Military Family During Deployment
Author: Daphne Benedis-Grab

The Bailey kids' mom has just been assigned to Fort Patrick, and it'll be the family's first time living on an army base! Tom, Charlotte, and Rosie get to make new friends, explore the neighborhood, and cool off in the huge pool. Unfortunately, they also have to deal with the base bully, who seems determined to make Tom's life completely miserable by telling everyone he's a wimp.

When the Baileys discover a mystery on base--an abandoned building long rumored to be haunted--they know that this is the way to show the world how brave Tom truly is. But when they go to investigate, they find there's more to the house than some old rumors. What is that weird equipment? And who is that suspicious man sneaking around inside?

It's up to Charlotte, Tom, and Rosie to figure out the base's secrets-and prove to everyone that no bully can keep the Bailey kids down.

Daphne Benedis-Grab's Army Brats is an exciting romp that celebrates friendship, bravery, and being true to yourself.

Additional books for military youth are listed HERE
Army Brats
Author: Tony Hunter

An exciting picture book that teaches children ABCs and NATO phonetic alphabet using military vehicles, ships and aircraft. All five U.S. service branches are featured against stunning backgrounds. Spectacular artwork illustrates action-packed rhyming couplets.

Additional children's books about the U.S. military are found HERE
Military Friends ABC
Author: National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation

Every day, many children watch as a parent goes off to a military assignment, often in dangerous situations. Most children will later welcome home their parents who served without incident. Others, however, will greet a parent who suffered a head injury, which changes all their lives. While brain injury is a complex topic, it is an unfortunate fact that certain types of brain injuries, which are all too common in military personnel, affect a person's behaviors such as mood and temper. A previously kind and loving parent may become irritable, short-fused and be intolerant of frustration after a brain injury. To a child, this change can be scary and overwhelming. Children may not understand why Mom or Dad is so different and may blame themselves for their parent's moodiness. This book offers young readers practical coping tools to empower children to feel confident about themselves and become a more active participant in his or her injured parent's life.

Additional books to encourage children of Wounded Warrior families are found HERE
My Dad Got Hurt. What Can I Do?
Helping Military Children Cope with a Brain-Injured Parent
Author: Tara McClary Reeves

Her daddy went away to fight for our country. And he came home changed. What's a young family to do when a parent is injured? How might they respond to curiosity? In this tender account based on her childhood experiences, beloved author Tara McClary Reeves shares how her family adapted to the extensive physical losses her father, Marine Corps Lieutenant Clebe McClary, sustained. With warmth and humor, this book encourages children and spouses facing similar trials to cherish the gift of family. To hold on to faith. And to choose to be loving heroes on the home front. Is Your Dad a Pirate? will challenge your perspective and deepen your commitment to love.

Additional books to encourage children of Wounded Warrior families are found HERE
Is Your Dad a Pirate?
Author: Tony Hunter

An excited young boy's wildest dreams come true when he discovers a stray tank at the park and takes it home as a pet. Over the course of the next week and through a series of adventures and mishaps, he starts to realize that tanks may not make good pets after all. A creative, educational book for children with vivid and humorous illustrations.
Tanks Do Not Make Good Pets
Author: Amber Marie

This picture book uses a simple one-sentence per page narrative to explain both the Special Forces soldier's mission and the difficulties faced by that soldier's daughter while he is away. A useful tool in the military family's arsenal for dealing with long and frequent separations. A must read for young children of Green Berets, especially helpful during deployment.
My Dad Is a Green Beret
My Dad Is a Green Beret
Author: Shana Cortez

When Pilot finds out his class is having a father occupation day, he finds himself questioning why his dad has to be far from home for such long periods of time. With the help of his mother, he learns what his dad goes through on deployments and how both his dad and his family must make sacrifices to keep the country safe.

There are many additional books to encourage military kids going through deployment. View the entire list HERE
Pilot the Patriot
Pilot the Patriot
Author: Nancy Polette

A is for Artists painting the hardships of prison life. E is for Escape, as determined prisoners make daring plans to regain their freedom.

More than one hundred thousand American service members have been captured by an enemy and imprisoned during war. Tens of thousands are still missing. This book tells the true stories of only a few of these brave men and women, but their stories represent the experiences of many others. The accompanying illustrations are based on surviving artwork, current and historic photographs, and firsthand descriptions of people, places, and events.

From Geneva Conventions to Operation Homecoming, Tap Code to Yellow Ribbon and more, N IS FOR NEVER FORGET is a compelling journey through wartime history, honoring the sacrifices of prisoners of war (POWs), those missing in action (MIA), and their families.

Poignant illustrations and stories capture key people, concepts, and memorials to help readers understand and honor the sacrifices endured by men and women prisoners of war and missing in action on behalf of freedom.

--Engaging format interests readers of all levels. Single lines of text describe each letter's key message, while longer true stories complement full-page color illustrations and bring POW-MIA concepts to life.

--Topics to Discuss and Ways to Honor sections prompt critical thinking, conversations, and calls to action to develop compassionate leaders of the future.

Additional books to teach children about military veterans are found HERE
N Is for Never Forget: POW-MIA A to Z
Author: Tony Hunter

An educational picture book which takes children on an exciting adventure while teaching them basic counting. Grandpa retells the story of his thrilling exploits on D-Day while teaching Harvey how to count up to ten and back again. Surrounded and under fire, can Grandpa carry a message through to headquarters to get help for his friends?

Additional books to teach children about military veterans are found HERE
Grandpa's 1 to 10 and Back Again
Author:  Greg Gifford

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is everywhere. It is increasing in regards to those who are being diagnosed with PTSD and those whom are ministering to ones with PTSD. The good news is that God speaks into the complexities of PTSD through Scripture and helps us orient ourselves and our families towards his purposes in PTSD. As you will see, God offers us a perspective on how we should view PTSD and the trauma that started it all.

Additional books to help military families coping with PTSD are found HERE
Helping Your Family Through PTSD
Author: Amy Newmark

Life for our service members and their families is full of sacrifice, and the 101 stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Military Families pay tribute to these heroes.

Anyone in military life will find inspiration, support, and appreciation in this collection of personal and grateful stories about the important role our members of the armed forces and their families play in serving our great country.

Additional memoirs about military families are found HERE
Additional books to encourage military spouses are found HERE
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Military Families: 101 Stories about the Force Behind the Forces
New books about military working dogs, service & therapy dogs for veterans
A Dog Called Hope: Wounded Warrior and the Service Dog Who Saved Him
Authors: Jason Morgan and Damien Lewis

Lone Survivor meets Marley & Me in this inspiring buddy memoir of an extraordinary service dog whose enduring love brought a wounded soldier back to life.

A decade ago, Special Forces warrior Jason Morgan parachuted into the Central American jungle on an anti-narcotics raid. He’d served with the famous Night Stalkers on countless such missions. This one turned out very different. Months later, he regained consciousness in a US military hospital, with no memory of how he’d gotten there. The first words he heard were from his surgeon telling him he would never walk again. The determined soldier responded: “Sir, yes, I will.”

After multiple surgeries, unbearable chronic pain, and numerous setbacks, Morgan was finally making progress when his wife left him and their three young sons. He was a single father confined to a wheelchair and tortured by his pain. At this very dark, very low point, Morgan found light: Napal, the black Labrador who would change his life forever.

A Dog Called Hope is the incredible story of a remarkable service dog who brought a devastated warrior back from the brink. It is the story of one funny, lovable dog’s power to heal a family and teach a wounded man how to be a true father. It is the story of an amazing dog with boundless loyalty who built bridges between his wheelchair-bound battle buddy and the rest of able-bodied humankind. It is the story of how one very special dog gave a man’s life true meaning. Humorous, intensely moving, and uplifting, Jason and Napal’s heartwarming tale will brighten any day and lift every heart.

Additional books about military service dogs and therapy dogs are found HERE
Author: Craig Grossi

The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, "spreading the message of stubborn positivity."

In 2010, Sergeant Craig Grossi was doing intelligence work for Marine RECON—the most elite fighters in the Corps—in a remote part of Afghanistan. While on patrol, he spotted a young dog "with a big goofy head and little legs" who didn’t seem vicious or run in a pack like most strays they’d encountered. After eating a piece of beef jerky Craig offered—against military regulations—the dog began to follow him. "Looks like you made a friend," another Marine yelled. Grossi heard, "Looks like a 'Fred.'" The name stuck, and a beautiful, life-changing friendship was forged.

Fred not only stole Craig’s heart; he won over the RECON fighters, who helped Craig smuggle the dog into heavily fortified Camp Leatherneck in a duffel bag—risking jail and Fred’s life. With the help of a crew of DHL workers, a sympathetic vet, and a military dog handler, Fred eventually made it to Craig’s family in Virginia.

Months later, when Craig returned to the U.S., it was Fred’s turn to save the wounded Marine from Post-Traumatic Stress. Today, Craig and Fred are touching lives nationwide, from a swampy campground in a Louisiana State Park to the streets of Portland, Oregon, and everywhere in between.

A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart—"it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it"—Craig & Fred is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives.

Additional books about military service dogs and therapy dogs are found HERE
Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other
Author: Jeff Kamen

Lavishly illustrated with full-color photos throughout, Warrior Pups takes you behind-the-scenes into the lives of the fiercely dedicated military men and women and their civilian supporters who make the US Military Working Dog program the success that it is. It has been estimated that during its six-year career in the field, each Military Working Dog saves the lives of 150 American and coalition soldiers by detecting hidden IEDs and disrupting ambushes.

Emmy-Award-winning broadcast journalist Jeff Kamen and his wife Leslie Stone-Kamen were granted unprecedented access to the closed K9 world of trainers and handlers inside Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, the headquarters of the US Military Working Dog Program, and into the lives of the civilian and military volunteers who foster the baby pups. At any given moment, there are an estimated 700 young dogs in various stages of training at the base. Some are purchased overseas and arrive as canine adolescents. Other warrior pups are born at Lackland. The program is led by canine behaviorist Dr. Stewart H., who everyone at Lackland simply calls "Doc." His apporach to dog training is founded on a deep love and respect for the dogs. The Dog Training School's superb instructors hone the dogs’ innate drives to hunt, fight, and protect. 

The dog/handler team goes first into battle ahead of the troops, sniffing out hidden IEDs, booby traps, and ambushes. American K-9 units are so effective that the enemy often targets them first. The only way handlers can summon the necessary courage is to have rock solid faith in the abilities of their highly trained dogs. Warrior Pups captures that courage, faith, and love on every page.

Additional books about military working dogs are found HERE
Warrior Pups: True Stories of America's K9 Heroes
Authors:  Dava Guerin and‎ Kevin Ferris 

Experience firsthand the inspiring and heartwarming bonds between wounded veterans and their service and companion animals.

Vets and Pets tells fifteen emotional and entertaining stories of the incredible bonds between wounded warriors, veterans, and other service members and their service and companion animals. Whether these special relationships are with dogs, cats, horses, pigs, or even birds of prey, readers will discover how these remarkable animals help veterans return to civilian life and live independently while simultaneously bringing joy and confidence into their lives.

Tyler struggled to adjust to civilian life after losing both of his legs in Afghanistan, until he met his intelligent and willfully disobedient red European Doberman pinscher, Apollo. Vietnam veteran Patrick regained a sense of well-being and hope through the study of birds of prey. Max the horse has helped numerous veterans learn to trust, improve their communication, and increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. Mandi discovered that the intelligence and unconditional love of pigs were exactly what she needed to heal from an abusive past and a disappointing army-training injury. These are just a few of the uplifting stories that are featured in this striking collection.

In addition to exploring the unique, lifelong bonds that can develop between veterans and their animal companions, Vets and Pets spotlights extraordinary nonprofits that unite wounded warriors with service and companion animals, including Pets for Patriots, Hooves Marching for Mercy, Horses Helping Heroes, and Avian Veteran Alliance, among others. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Pets for Patriots.

Additional books about military service dogs are listed HERE
Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals That Help Them Heal
Author: Matthew House

Soldier and Spouse and Their Traveling House puts a witty spin on the dynamic of newlywed husband and wife trekking across two continents during their first three years of marriage. Who heads this household? The thrill-seeking soldier? Or the sensible spouse? Come along with this twenty-something military couple on their off-duty weekends as they dash in and out of trouble from the Emerald Isle to cruising down the Nile and many places in between—Western Europe, the Baltic, North Africa, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean.

Additional stories about military spouses are listed HERE
Soldier and Spouse and Their Traveling House
Author: Steve Bell

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be confusing, throw in the complexities of the many varied military discounts and it can become downright perplexing. For years military families have been looking for a single resource to help with their Walt Disney World Vacation planning. You will find just that in Walt Disney World for Military Families. All the research has been done for you!

This is the first ever Walt Disney World Guidebook written specifically for the US military community! In this detailed comprehensive full length guide, Disney military expert Steve Bell will share all the information gained over the years of covering everything military about Disney World. Steve is the founder of the hugely popular MilitaryDisneyTips.com website, the internet’s only website dedicated to information about Disney Military Discounts. His firsthand experience using these discounts will ENSURE that you will know all that you need to know in order to save as much as possible and have the relaxing stress-free vacation that you deserve.

If you are military and planning to visit Walt Disney World, then Walt Disney World for Military Families is a must have! Even if you might have used a military discount before, you will find information in this book that you did not know about.

Included in this user-friendly guide you will find information on: • Disney’s Armed Forces Salutes (2017 & 2018) • Disney’s Regular Military Discounts • Shades of Green, Disney World’s Military Only Resort • Military Discounts at Disney Springs • Disney’s Technology, Including FastPass Plus and Magic Bands and How They Work With Military Tickets • Special Prices on WDW’s Halloween and Christmas Parties and the Little Known Military Access to Sold Out Nights! • When to Go • Where to Stay • What’s the Right Ticket

In addition to all the great military information in the book, you’ll also find tons of general public information on the theme parks, resorts and hotels, water parks and everything else to do at Walt Disney World, plus a section of tips and theme park dos and don’ts gained in over 47 years experience touring Walt Disney World.

This is the perfect investment for those wishing to plan a special get away from the stresses of military life!
Walt Disney World For Military Families 2018: Expert Advice By Military - For Military
Author:  Jen Griswold

Career military? Leaving the military for civilian life? You can leverage your experience into some great new business startup ideas.

Business success: Military spouses can face serious challenges when trying to develop a career while part of the military life, or equally serious challenges when they transition to civilian life. But, help is on the way in Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Success in Business Startups

Finding startup ideas that can make you a business success: Are you trying to find your niche in our modern world of underemployment and the self-employed, where many are looking for great startup ideas and the opportunity to build wealth and find happiness and fulfillment? Some of the best startup ideas are yet to be discovered and Mission Entrepreneur will guide you through Jen E. Griswold's journey toward realizing her personal dream of becoming one of the successful women entrepreneurs. Experiencing underemployment as a military spouse, she learns how to turn her military experience into business success.

The underemployment problem: Being a military spouse comes with sacrifices. Spouses give up college degrees, careers and put other plans on hold due to military relocations. The country feels the effects. Reports show that 90% of female spouses face underemployment and countless income tax dollars are lost. As both a spouse and veteran for 20 years, Jen E. Griswold witnessed many spouses trying to keep a career going through their first few assignments. After multiple failed attempts and the addition of kids, they often gave up, deciding their efforts were futile. Their confidence waned and they began to question their self-worth.

Women entrepreneurs: Ironically, these same people have the perfect set of skills needed to become successful women entrepreneurs: work ethic, vision, passion, and resilience. These are the exact same skills that have helped them endure a life of sacrifice in the military. But, in most cases, they have given up on their own personal big visions to change the world. Using a lifetime of experience, military trained veterans entering the job force know how to manage the bumpy journey to becoming men and women entrepreneurs and finding those great startup ideas.

Mission Entrepreneur: From her extensive training in the Air Force and experience coaching women over the past several years, Griswold discovered that by giving back to her military community, she could change the world a little bit every day. America needs more men and women entrepreneurs who pay it forward and here is where we’ll start. Welcome to Mission Entrepreneur.

Additional employment books for military families and veteran families are listed HERE
Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Success in Business Startups
Author:  Lakesha Cole

When military life gives you lemons (or orders), make lemonade (or build a brand). Written by Lakesha Cole, mom, Marine spouse and shop owner of She Swank Too, this beginner's guide brings Lakesha's earnest approach and genuine love for boutique retail and her unwavering grit and determination to build a brand and business despite the frequent moves and career pitfalls associated with the military lifestyle. Being a mom is a full-time job, and starting a business is no easy task. Lakesha is here to teach you how she did both, between drop-off and pick-up, as a mom of three, while moving back and forth across the country and overseas. If you've ever considered opening a boutique but don't know where to start, Mommy Retailing: A Mom's Guide to Starting A Boutique is perfect for you. This book is packed with practical solutions on balancing work time and mom time and actionable tips about all the aspects of starting your own retail store. Details business planning and day-to-day operations on running a boutique, how to fund your business, where and how to source merchandise, branding, and marketing, how to pick a location, planning a grand opening and how to use your business to give back and create goodwill in the community.

Additional employment books for military families and veteran families are listed HERE
Mommy Retailing: A Mom's Guide to Starting A Boutique
Author: Michael Kaplan

DON’T let the title mislead you … this book is for EVERYONE!

2017 Second Edition: The 2017 second edition of the 5-Star original text is now updated to include:

Additional Content: “When Banks Won’t Lend: Creative Start-Up Financing Options” 
Over 100 Graphics: Throughout the text to benefit Visual Learners 
Updated Content: Statistical and economic data reflects 2016-2017 trends 
Larger Text: Easier to read, and higher quality printing

If you’re a hardworking wage earner trying to succeed, your financial future looks scary. The same government policies that are preventing our economic recovery are also devaluing every dollar you earn. Technology is ushering in a new era of unemployment, potentially causing thousands of production and administrative jobs to be lost. Additionally, your taxes are being raised to support national social welfare programs at a time when your cost of living is rising steadily.

Don’t get frustrated, don’t get discouraged and most certainly … don’t give up. There’s an answer to your financial problems to which you have immediate access, and it lies within your “Entrepreneurial DNA.” It knows you want to succeed, enjoy a prosperous life and secure an independent future for those you care about most.

In this highly inspirational book, Kaplan uses a unique approach that combines optimal mindset with experiential leadership to provide you with the greatest opportunity for success. His 30 years of successful military and business experience lays a solid foundation to provide exacting strategies for both personal and professional development. He offers an in-depth approach to taking control of your life and successfully reach the goals you set for yourself despite any obstacles you believe stand in your way.

The Prior-Service Entrepreneur is MUCH more than a book for starting a business; it provides valuable insights into life skills, job readiness and mastering your competitive advantage. It will show you how to overcome personal challenges, increase confidence and reinvigorate your passion and sense of purpose. When you follow Michael Kaplan’s easy to read advice you will be prepared to achieve success, enjoy financial independence and change your life forever.

Your new future starts today! Claim it … it’s yours.

Additional employment books for military families and veterans are listed HERE
The Prior-Service Entrepreneur: Veteran Entrepreneurship and Lean Business Start-Up (2017 Edition)
Author:  Kathryn Troutman

The Jobseekers Guide 8th Edition is used at more than 150 military bases worldwide to teach Kathryn Troutman's highly acclaimed Ten Steps to a Federal Job to military personnel and family members. This title is recognized as the leading guide on the topic for 100,000 military spouses worldwide. The new edition continues to use a colorful workbook style loaded with pages of exercises, samples, and charts throughout and is particularly effective for class training. This military / family-friendly publication contains:

* Fully updated information on special hiring programs for military members and spouses

* Updates with the latest federal hiring changes and initiatives

* Latest salary and online builder information

* Before and after resume samples

Additional employment books for military families and veteran families are listed HERE
Jobseeker's Guide 8th Edition: Ten Steps to a Federal Job for Military Personnel and Spouses
Authors: Donna Hoffmeyer and‎ Kevin Cullis

Are you ready? You’ve served our country and served it well. Thank you! Now is YOUR time. Whether you reached retirement, are medically retiring or have decided to separate; your time has come. You have decided it is time to move on to the next adventure. However, have you set yourself up in a way that will allow you do pursue your passion? Do you even know what you want to do after you leave the service? How do you translate those well-developed skills into terminology civilians will understand? This book is here to help.

Additional employment books for military families and veterans are listed HERE
Warrior to Patriot Citizen: Transition Your Military Service and Skills to Your New Civilian Adventure
Author: Kate Messner

Lines of bikes are miles long,

shining, half a million strong.

Rumbling, grumbling, engines roar.

Peace signs. High fives. Spirits soar.

Every Memorial Day in Washington, DC, more than a million veterans and their supporters gather for the Rolling Thunder® Ride for Freedom, a demonstration that pays tribute to the men and women of the US armed forces. This lyrical story honors the bravery and sacrifice of those American heroes -- the ones who have returned home, and the ones who haven't.

Additional books to teach kids about Memorial Day are listed HERE
Rolling Thunder
Author: Dwayne Paro

More than 200,00 service members transition out of the military each year after selflessly dedicating years of service to our country. The Empowered Veteran assesses the core strengths of military training and leadership that equip veterans to build amazingly successful civilian careers and give them an edge in a highly competitive corporate environment. It teaches the reader how to plan for a successful transition from the military and prepare for an empowering future. And it offers a roadmap to an effective execution of the plan and a personal investment that will develop ongoing opportunities for life.

Additional employment books for military families and veterans are listed HERE
The Empowered Veteran: Strength and Confidence to Harness Your Future
Author: Jesse Franklin

As military families tuck in for the night, their thoughts often turn to daddies who can’t always be home. This children’s military deployment book shows some of the many places daddy sleeps while he is away. In this wonderful story, daddy travels to every clime and place including the mountains, the prairie, the jungle, and everywhere in between. Though daddy’s particular location and sleeping arrangements are constantly changing, one thing never does. No matter how far daddy is from home, home is never far from his mind.

There are many books to encourage military kids going through deployment. View the entire list HERE

My Daddy Sleeps Everywhere
Authors: Mark Green and Echo Montgomery Garrett

A must-read book for anyone who has endured trauma yet dreams of leading a successful and happy life.

Mark E. Green, a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army (retired), came from grinding poverty in rural Missouri, the oldest boy of six children. In this moving memoir, he candidly shares his unlikely path of working his way up from an enlisted man to an officer. Green served his country for thirty-four years (twenty-four in active duty). He was a member of the 82nd Airborne and "Soldier of the Year" for his battalion, as well as a pioneering member of the Army's taekwondo team that went on to be recognized as the All Army Sports team that competes for the Olympics. Green served two tours as an Inspector General, including a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, where he was responsible for that role in the southern half of the country.

After sustaining a potentially career-ending hip injury in his last month of deployment, Green fought his way back to full health, battling daily through an arduous recovery as he learned to walk again. Green is dedicating the remainder of his life to inspiring hope, helping smooth transition, and improving resilience for his military brothers and sisters, veterans, and their families. He resides in Orlando, Florida, with his wife, Denise, son Adam, and Green's mother (www.mark.green). Echo Montgomery Garrett (www.echomontgomerygarrett.com) is a multi-award-winning author based in Marietta, Georgia. The authors are donating 10 percent of net profits from book sales to nonprofits serving veterans and their families, young people in poverty, and soldier-athletes.

Additional employment books for military families and veterans are listed HERE
Step Out, Step Up: Lessons from a Lifetime of Transitions and Military Service
Author: Katherine Monit

Why this devotional? I am just a "normal" military spouse and a mom to three kiddos. I have never had the intention of becoming an author and I have not taken any special college level training focused in English. The Holy Spirit put this devotional on my heart to write. As I listened for the words He desired to say through me, I could hear Him say… "Write this book for military wives. They're searching for someone to hold them when they are scared, to feed them when the paycheck runs out, and to rejoice with them when no one else understands. I am He, their Heavenly Father, and they are my chosen daughters. No other women can do what they are doing. When their husbands get orders from their unit, I will give them peace. I will give them strength to raise Godly children even when their husbands are not near. If they choose to be different from the rest, I will be their helpmate. They are my baby girls, and I want nothing more than to bless them.” Why 91 days of devotions? My husband, as a Marine, had to go to basic training (boot-camp) for 12 weeks of intense physical and mental training. I believe we also need to dedicate ourselves to a similar period of mental and spiritual training to take on the critical role of being married into military life. Through the experiences God has carried me through, I’ve seen there WILL be days when we won’t hear from our husbands and challenging events WILL take place. In those moments we choose to be frantic or we choose to go to God for direction. It was important to me for his devotional to be easy to read, taking less than 5 minutes per day. Each day begins with a scripture and focuses on relatable life stories common among military families. I know God placed these things on my heart to help bring us to that next level of faith and empower us as a Christian military spouse.

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You Were Made for This: A 91 Day Devotional for Military Spouses
Author: Army Mom Strong and Elaine Brye

Do you need someone encouraging you, especially when you are learning to let go of your child to military service? How about when they are difficult places or in harm’s way? Do you feel stressed or worried?

You are not alone.

Elaine Brye and Army Mom Strong have combined their efforts to create a powerful, emotional and inspirational pictorial book of encouragement and support for military moms of all branches. The authors are veteran military moms who have supported many moms through the challenges that come with sending a child into harm’s way.

The Heart of a Military Mom gives you valuable insights to help you to stand strong in the face of fear and on the home front. It is the first in a series of supportive books to inspire you to create a more fulfilling journey as a military mom.

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Heart of a Military Mom
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Author: Terrica Joseph

Jeremy is a military kid who has just received shocking news. He's moving! Although it was inevitable, it came as a surprise. The new area is foreign to him. He's sure he won't fit in and wonders if he should try to make friends at all. From the road trip to his new home, community and school: Jeremy encounters situations that will make you think and make you laugh. Will Jeremy accept his new community or will he keep his distance. Only time will tell!

Additional books to encourage military kids going through a military pcs move are listed HERE
The Secret Life of a Military Kid: Destination Unknown