Resources for Those Seeking to Better Understand Veterans

Explore the materials below to learn and better understand Veterans’ experiences, military life and their transition back to civilian life.  While there are many materials on the unique experiences of those who served in the military, below is a specific selection to highlight the diverse and unique experiences of Veterans.

Quick Look (if time is limited….):

Lighthall, A. (2014). “Ten Things You Should Know about Today’s Student Veteran,” Thought and Action, a publication by the National Education Association, pp. 80-89.

Blum, R. (2015). “The Hard Path from Afghanistan to the Classroom,” At War: Notes From the Front Lines, The New York Times.

Junger, S. (Producer). (2015, April 17).  How Does War Teach Soldiers About Love? [Audio podcast].  Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/2015/04/17/399802471/how-does-war-teach-soldiers-about-love

Books:

Brennan, T.J., & O’Reilly F. (2017). Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Eident, P.S. (2010). Bearing Drift. Pirate Press

Helvarg, D. (2009). Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America’s Forgotten Heroes. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.

Klay, P. (2014). Redeployment. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Lemmon, G.T. (2015). Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

Minear, L. (2010). Through Veterans’ Eyes: The Iraq and Afghanistan Experience. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books.

Scranton, R., & Gallagher, M. (Eds.). (2013). Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. Boston, MA: Da Capo Press.

Thorpe, H. (2014). Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Williams, K. (2014). Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Movies:

Badalato, B. (Producer), & Tillman, G. (Director). (2000). Men of Honor [Motion Picture]. United States: Fox 2000 Pictures.

Berman, B. (Producer), & Eastwood, C. (Director). (2014). American Sniper [Motion Picture]. United States: Warner Bros.

Caracciolo, J. M., & Chase D. M. (Producers), & Zwick, E. (Director). (1996). Courage Under Fire [Motion Picture]. United States: Fox 2000 Pictures.

Erickson, C. O. (Producer), & Woo, J. (Director). (2002). Windtalkers [Motion Picture]. United States: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

Fields, F. (Producer), & Zwick, E. (Director). (1989). Glory [Motion Picture]. United States: TriStar Pictures.

Hanks, T., & Spielberg, S. (Producers), & Frankel, D. (Director). (2001). Band of Brothers [TV Mini-Series]. United States: HBO Films.

Hanks, T., & Spielberg, S. (Producers), & Podeswa, J. (Director). (2010). The Pacific [TV Mini-Series]. United States: HBO Films.

Lemley, J., & Schmidt, A. L. (Producers), & Wallace, R. (Director). (2002). We Were Soldiers [Motion Picture]. United States: Icon Entertainment International.

Merrifield, D., Aufiero, D., & Whitaker, J. (Producers), & Gillespie, C. (Director). (2016). The Finest Hours [Motion Picture]. United States: Walt Disney Pictures.

Price, F. (Producer), & Markowitz, R. (Director). (1995). The Tuskegee Airmen [TV Movie]. United States: HBO Films.

Spielberg, S., & Levinsohn, G., & Gordon, M., & Bryce, I. (Producers), & Spielberg, S. (Director). (1998). Saving Private Ryan [Motion Picture]. United States: Dreamworks.

Stone, O., & Juban, L. V., & Ho, A. K. (Producers), & Stone, O. (Director). (1989). Born on the Fourth of July [Motion Picture]. United States: Ixtlan.

Online Resources:

Veterans History Project through the Library of Congress – View interviews with Veterans sharing their experiences about the military from World War II to present.  https://www.loc.gov/vets/

Student Veterans of AmericaThrough the “SVA Spotlight” see basic demographic information on student Veterans across the U.S.  https://studentveterans.org/aboutus/research/sva-spotlight

PsychArmor Institute – Videos are available online on a variety of topics related to better supporting and understanding Veterans and their families.  Note: creating an account is required, but the resources online are free.  https://psycharmor.org/