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Author: Paige Wetzel

Restore your faith in love and family with one Army wife's courageous story of how she helped her husband recuperate from losing both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan.

Paige received the phone call that every military wife prays will never come. Her husband, Army Sergeant Josh Wetzel, stepped on an improvised explosive device while patrolling in Afghanistan. The blast resulted in the immediate loss of his legs. His survival was uncertain, and in the days to come, this traumatic incident began an unbelievable journey of faith for them as a couple.

Paige's vulnerability as she struggles physically, emotionally, and spiritually, will remind you of the power of commitment and love in the face of adversity. You will discover the bravery and grit of a woman who stood behind the battle lines but faced a battle of her own to save her marriage and her family. As a military wife, Paige had to come to terms with the priorities of the military: God, Country, and then Family.

**Additional books for and about wounded warriors and their families are found HERE
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Author: Shermaine Perry-Knights

​Looking for an engaging book to teach kids about rapid change and explain the military lifestyle? This is it! I Move A Lot and That’s Okay teaches kids how to emotionally cope with relocation. Designed to build resilience and confidence in children, this picture book follows a bright-eyed girl in a military family as she shows the reader that she can embrace a new environment, language, and a different culture. Leaving their home and settling in another is tough on all kids. This is what military families go through when moving to a new station, far away from home in another city, state, or country. This adventure is filled with sadness, loss, acceptance, and hope. By the end of the story, young readers will be chanting the theme of the book: I move a lot and that’s okay! While this book features a military child, its message of resilience and hope are universal ones that help all children to overcome obstacles more easily.


View the entire list of books for military kids experiencing a military move HERE
I Move a Lot and That's Okay!
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Author: Char Fontan Westfall

On June 28, 2005, nineteen U.S. service members perished in the mountains of Afghanistan. The author’s husband, Navy SEAL Jacques Fontan, was one of those killed.

The mission, Operation Red Wings, has become one of the most well-known operations in contemporary warfare. Only one survivor lived to tell the harrowing story, resulting in books, speeches, and a blockbuster movie, Lone Survivor. Perhaps more importantly, the mission created much-needed public awareness and curiosity about the realities of war and survival. 

But there have been no books, speeches, or movies written about the other survivors: the women and children whose lives changed forever that summer day. While each widow and family processed the tragedy differently, Char became absorbed in anger and bitterness. Coping with grief was unfamiliar and scary to her. She hated God, whom she had trusted all her life, and blamed Him for losing her husband in such a violent manner. 

Before she knew it, she was on the front lines of a battle to regain her own life. When all seemed lost, the kindness and persistence of a neighbor brought renewed hope and restoration to her horribly broken heart in a surprising and refreshing way.

This is her story as one of the survivors of Operation Red Wings.


Additional books for and about Gold Star families are found HERE
A Beautiful Tragedy: A Navy SEAL Widow's Permission to Grieve and a Prescription for Hope
Author: Barbara Britton

​When seventeen-year-old seamstress, Josephine Nimetz, agrees to take care of a WWI amputee in a remote Alaskan lodge, there's enough friction to melt the Mendenhall Glacier. Her position is only until June, and it pays well enough to overlook the hardship of managing a rustic home and a shell-shocked veteran.

Geoff Chambers makes it clear that he isn't too fond of the runt sent to take care of his needs, nor of her painful mistakes. Dealing with a depressed and addicted veteran, pushes Josephine to the brink of leaving, if not for the money her salary brings.

But Josephine is a perfectionist, determined to get Geoff back on his feet—figuratively...Although, sending a rich, handsome veteran back into society may cost Josephine the man she has grown to love.


View the entire list of resources for Wounded Warriors and their families HERE
Until June (Fiction)
Authors: Joe Laydon, Will Chesney 

​Two dozen Navy SEALs descended on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. After the mission, only one name was made public: Cairo, a Belgian Malinois and military working dog. Warrior Dog is the story of Cairo and his handler, Will Chesney, a member of SEAL Team Six whose life would be irrevocably tied to Cairo's, specially adapted for young readers from Chesney and Joe Layden's No Ordinary Dog.

Starting in 2008, when Will was introduced to the canine program, he and Cairo worked side by side, depending on each other for survival on hundreds of critical operations in the war on terrorism. But their bond went beyond their military service.

As Cairo aged and went on fewer missions, Will moved on to other assignments, forced to slowly―and painfully―distance himself from the dog. Then, in 2011, the call came: Pick up your dog and get back to Virginia. Now.

Cairo and Will trained for weeks for a secret mission, but it soon became clear that this was no ordinary operation. Cairo was among the first members of the U.S. military on the ground in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear, which resulted in the successful elimination of bin Laden.

As Cairo settled into a role as a reliable “spare dog,” Will went back to his job―until a grenade blast in 2013 left him severely injured. Unable to participate in further missions, he tried to recover, medicine provided only modest relief. Instead, it was up to Cairo to save Will's life once more―and then up to Will to be there when Cairo needed him the most.


View the entire list of children's books about military working dogs HERE
Warrior Dog (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of a Navy SEAL and His Fearless Canine Partner
Authors: Nigel Wallsopp, Danielle Winicki 

​In March 1944, deep in the jungle New Guinea, a little Yorkshire Terrier was found in a fox hole. Based on true events during WWII, follow Smoky and Bill as they endure the front line of Papua New Guinea and Smoky becomes recognized as the first Military Therapy Dog.


View the entire list of children's books about military working dogs HERE
Smoky: No Ordinary War Dog
Author: Daniel Berry

​A beautifully illustrated children’s book designed to help deployed service members, and the deployed civilians who support them, connect with their loved-ones.

Written by an author who has worked in support of the military overseas, You Are Always With Me is an illustrated rhyming poem intended for those at home when a service member or civilian deploys. The poem reassures those encountering this separation by addressing the emotions they often feel:

  • Abandonment
  • Anger
  • Confusion
  • Sadness
  • Fear for their deployed loved one

You Are Always With Me depicts two cartoon rabbits, one leaving for deployment, and the other staying home. The book contains a personalized dedication page, and is a perfect gift for any loved-one coping with separation during deployment, to include:

  • Children
  • Husband or wife
  • Girlfriend or boyfriend
  • Niece or nephew

Although many women service members deploy, as do many civilians, most of the books on this subject are intended for families of male soldiers. You are Always With Me is unique in that it is appropriate for any branch of service, and any age, race, or gender.

From deployment through homecoming, this book is indispensable in helping those who serve bridge the distance to connect in a meaningful way with those they love.

View the entire list of books for military kids experiencing a military deployment HERE and HERE
You are Always With Me: A Poem for Those at Home When a Loved One Deploys
Author: Shina Robbins

​When her daddy is away, this little girl misses him terribly. She finds comfort in her dreams, imagining all the places her daddy might be. Maybe he's eating pizza in Italy. Maybe he's at the top of the Eiffel Tower in France. He could be climbing Mount Fuji in Japan or playing with kangaroos in Australia.

Whether dreaming of the sea, desert, or jungle, this proud little girl knows Daddy is away serving her country. He is gone to fight for freedom-but a happy hug and kiss await his safe return.
Mother and military spouse Shina Robbins is no stranger to her family sometimes being apart, but Oh, the Places Daddy Could Be! is a reminder to appreciate our heroes and find joy in the adventures that come with military family life.


View the entire list of books for military kids experiencing a military deployment HERE and HERE
Oh, the Places Daddy Could Be!
Authors: Will Chesney, Joe Layden

​THE INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER - No Ordinary Dog is the powerful true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life.

Two dozen Navy SEALs descended on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. After the mission, only one name was made public: Cairo, a Belgian Malinois and military working dog. This is Cairo's story, and that of his handler, Will Chesney, a SEAL Team Operator whose life would be irrevocably tied to Cairo's.

Starting in 2008, when Will was introduced to the SEAL canine program, he and Cairo worked side by side, depending on each other for survival on hundreds of critical operations in the war on terrorism. But their bond transcended their service. Then, in 2011, the call came: Pick up your dog and get back to Virginia. Now.

What followed were several weeks of training for a secret mission. It soon became clear that this was no ordinary operation. Cairo was among the first members of the U.S. military on the ground in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear, which resulted in the successful elimination of bin Laden.

As Cairo settled into a role as a reliable “spare dog,” Will went back to his job as a DEVGRU operator, until a grenade blast in 2013 left him with a brain injury and PTSD. Unable to participate in further missions, he suffered from crippling migraines, chronic pain, memory issues, and depression. Modern medicine provided only modest relief. Instead, it was up to Cairo to save Will's life once more―and then up to Will to be there when Cairo needed him the most.


Additional books about military working dogs are found HERE
No Ordinary Dog: My Partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden Raid
Author: Adrianne Amundson

Have you ever wondered what life is like for the military spouse? Or maybe you're doing life in the military and the journey feels lonely. The news gives us glimpses of what military life is like, but as with anything else, it doesn't ever portray the whole picture. It's confusing, it's complicated, and it can feel like there are so many moving parts. It's not a life meant to be navigated alone.
Just like any other life, military life comes with its ups and downs, challenges, and victories. Military life, while it can be tough, gives those who navigate it character and opportunities to adventure and see the good with the hard. Having a better understanding of what military life is like and knowing you're not alone in the process gives you glimpses of hope and strength to keep walking forward with intention and even flourishing in this life. Just like any other life, military life comes with its ups and downs, challenges, and victories. Military life, while it can be tough, gives those who navigate it character and opportunities to adventure and see the good with the hard. Having a better understanding of what military life is like and knowing you're not alone in the process gives you glimpses of hope and strength to keep walking forward with intention and even flourishing in this life.


**Additional books by military spouses about military life are found HERE
Navigating Military Life with Intention and Grace
Authors: Krista Keating-Joseph and Will G. Merrill Jr.

​'Charlie, Don't Be a Hero' is a moving story from a mother's heart about her son, Charles Keating IV, an All-American boy who grew up to become a heroic U.S. Navy SEAL. At age thirty-one, his death by ISIS in 2016 on the battlefields in Iraq made headlines worldwide.

His story, told only as a mother can tell it, is that of an extraordinary young man whose love of family and country propelled him to incredible heights as a soldier and as a person. She helps us remember that the men and women who serve our country are sons and daughters, mothers and fathers.

Krista Keating-Joseph touchingly shares the gut-wrenching emotions she and her family experienced, and how her faith in God never wavered, but strengthened.

Her stories of Charlie growing up as an extremely adventurous, fun-loving boy show how he would one day be perfectly suited for the mental and physical toughness of a SEAL who ultimately made a huge difference in so many people's lives. Krista's pride in how her son lived brings support to any parent who has lost a child.


Additional books for and about Gold Star families are found HERE
'Charlie, Don't Be a Hero': A Mother's Story of the Extraordinary Life of Her Son, U.S. Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV
Author: Rob Campbell

For all who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, there will come a day when it's time to separate -- to "retire" or otherwise hang up your uniform, and to transition to a civilian world you may know little about (despite having spent decades fighting to protect its freedoms and liberties). When it's time for you to walk away proudly, DD-214 in hand, you may find yourself unprepared and overwhelmed. If you're like most senior servicemembers, you'll find that the transition to your encore life and career is a transition you have given insufficient thought to. You've been busy leading and giving selflessly to your unit and your mission; it was your only focus and your sole concern. So now what?

Join Colonel Rob Campbell, United States Army, Retired, on a journey to post-military life -- the ups and downs, the sleepless nights and complex decision-making, and the arduous weighing of the "what ifs" and choices before you. At Ease: Enjoying the Freedom You Fought For is a servicemember's guide to an authentic transition. This remarkable book is part memoir, part "how to" guide to help senior servicemembers explore the nuances of the military/civilian transition.

Hear Rob discuss, candidly and vulnerably, everything from what surprised him about the "big, hard civilian world" and the challenges of "the job swamp" to the role of spouses and children on the transition decision and how to celebrate your service before putting it behind you. Learn how to reapply your values (like duty, commitment and selfless service) in new ways and to a new mission. Discover a new compass for your life and career, where job passion and geography (i.e., "What do I WANT to do and where do I really WANT to live?") point the way, and where seeking the next rank or finishing an assignment or deployment are no longer the guideposts for living.

If you're looking to find income, fulfillment, relevance and a comfortable lifestyle in the wake of your military service, this book is a must-read.


Additional books about military veteran employment are found HERE
At Ease: Enjoying the Freedom You Fought For -- A Soldier's Story and Perspectives on the Journey to an Encore Life and Career
Author: Mataya Wright Williams

​It's no secret that there have been significant disparities among African American military service members for decades. Wounded Warrior With Invisible Scars takes you on the journey of a young African American woman, who has served in the United States military for over twenty years. Despite the adversity Mataya has faced along the way, she persevered, achieving the highest enlisted rank of E-9 in the United States Air Force, as Chief Master Sergeant. She has served in both the Army and Air Force, with multiple combat tours under her belt. This book was written to serve as a beacon of hope, encouragement and motivation, especially for those who feel like every storm that comes your way was sent to take you out. Please know, some storms come simply to clear your path!


Additional books for and about women veterans are found HERE
Wounded Warrior with Invisible Scars
Authors: Ryan Manion, Heather Kelly, Amy Looney

​Three Gold Star women, linked forever by unimaginable loss, share their inspiring, unlikely journey that began on the worst day of their lives.

What happens when tragedy knocks on your front door?

For us, it was a literal knock, with two men standing in crisply pressed uniforms. They had news. News that gutted us to the core -- the death of our loved ones, a brother and two husbands -- in combat zones. The thing about those moments is that it's almost inconceivable that they can happen to you. That is, until they do.

This book is for anyone who has ever received a knock at the door. And if you live long enough and have the courage to love others, you will. Maybe it's a cancer diagnosis. Maybe it's the death of your best friend. The betrayal of a spouse. The loss of a child. The implosion of a professional career. Or any tragedy that takes the person we love the most away from us too soon. Life is not without its challenges. The key is how you respond.
This is our story. The story of three women, bonded by grief and purpose. Grief because we lost our best friends in war. Purpose because we resolved -- together -- to do something about it. To turn loss into inspiration for others and to channel the love that we had for the men in our lives into love for others through service. It was the only way we could escape the trap of despair and inaction, and we believe it offers a roadmap for anyone else who has ever had to answer a knock at the door.


Additional books for and about Gold Star families are found HERE
The Knock at the Door: Three Gold Star Families Bonded by Grief and Purpose
Author: Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

​B.R.A.N.D. Before Your Resumé is the first book written by a military veteran (turned marketing professional and entrepreneur) for service members and military veterans to craft their AUTHENTIC personal branding.

Student veterans, military spouses, veterans in their first, second, or third career transitions will all learn valuable self-marketing skills, guided by a veteran who knows the transition chaos (and success!) firsthand. This book is essential if you’re joining the ranks of veterans choosing the entrepreneurship track, if seeking your first career after leaving the active-duty force, or pursuing your first internship or full-time job after completing your degree as a student veteran.

Readers will complete the “extracting product attributes” exercise, see ample examples of great branding created by veterans Graciela has personally coached, and be able to write their own authentic personal branding to influence their intended target audience. Graciela teaches the reader a repeatable marketing messaging process that will be useful for years to come.

Those who wish to collaborate live with Graciela who will coach them to perfecting their branding and/or discussing their business startup idea will be offered the option to do so.
In this marketing guidebook, Graciela guides you in becoming an epic storyteller of your unique value, long before you write your resumé which she reminds us all is a marketing deliverable. Taking this approach as she did during her career transitions means that your audience for your new forward-looking branding will be so intrigued by your value that they’ll ASK for your resumé!

You’ll be empowered to confidently communicate your value to make things happen, as Graciela did during her transformation from military aviator to technology marketing manager. Graciela freely shares the communication process she followed during her highly successful military-to-civilian transition, in which she was mentored by women veterans every step of the way.

Stop going at it alone.

And most importantly, stop listening to those pushing you into writing your resumé (or worse yet your LinkedIn profile) before you’ve done the essential work to understand your personal values and interests, your value to civilian organizations and the target audience you need to attract.

Learn to B.R.A.N.D. Before Your Resumé with a marketing-savvy fellow veteran at your side.


Additional books about military veteran employment are found HERE
B.R.A.N.D. Before You Resumé: Your Marketing Guide for Veterans & Military Service Members Entering Civilian Life
Author: Lisa Smith Molinari

Applying her wit and humor to marriage and family life, award-winning columnist Lisa Smith Molinari shares her real-life family's humorous coming of age story, from marriage through raising kids to empty nest. Written in episodes, contained in seasons, her memoir is a sitcom for book lovers!

Lisa leaves her law career to become a navy wife and Supermom, but somewhere between "I do" and "deploying again," waves of chaos threaten to overtake her. She has a husband who knows his chardonnay but can't identify a Phillips-head screwdriver, three quirky kids with their own agendas, a perpetually shedding dog, and a minivan full of cold french fries. Will she survive the endless minutiae of modern family life, or will she end up on the laundry room floor eating chocolate frosting out of a can?

**Additional books by military spouses about military life are found HERE
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