Books about Veterans and their Families

A booklist from The Oakland Public Library’s Veterans Center Resource Collection

Did you know the Oakland Public Library has a Veterans Center?

It is located in the lobby of the Main Library. Trained staff or volunteers are often available to help veterans and family members learn about benefits for education, health, employment, housing, and more. There is also a collection of books. They can be checked out from the Veterans Center anytime the library is open or can be delivered to any branch by placing a hold.

You can pick up a paper copy of this list in the Veterans Center, as well as at branch libraries.  

Careers, Benefits and More: The Business of Becoming a Civilian

Cover of Best Careers book      Cover of Military Guide      Cover of The Military Advantage

Best careers for veterans : transitioning to civilian life
331.70208 BEST
Business networking for veterans : a guidebook for a successful transition from the military to the civilian workforce / Michael P. Abrams, Dr. Michael Lawrence Faulkner, Andrea R. Nierenberg
355.115 ABRAMS
The complete guide to veterans' benefits : everything you need to know explained simply / Bruce C. Brown
362.86 BROWN
Down range : a transitioning veteran's career guide to life's next phase / James. D Murphy and William M. Duke
305.90697 MURPHY
Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors
355.115 FEDERAL
Life after the military : a handbook for transitioning veterans / Janelle Hill, Cheryl Lawhorne, and Don Philpott
353.538 HILL 2013
The military advantage : the guide to military and veterans benefits / Terry Howell
362.86 HOWELL 2016
Military leadership lessons for public service / Charles Szypszak
352.236 SZYPSZAK
U.S. veterans in the workforce : why the 7 percent are America's greatest asset / Mike Schindler
650.14086 SCHINDLER

Families and Veterans

    Cover for Plenty of Time When We Get Home   Cover of Unbreakable Bonds  

Courage after fire for parents of service members : strategies for coping when your son or daughter returns from deployment / Paula Domenici, PhD, Suzanne Best, PhD, and Keith Armstrong, LCSW
Dinner with the Smileys / Sarah Smiley
359.0092 SMILEY 2014
Plenty of time when we get home : love and recovery in the aftermath of war / Kayla Williams
956.70443 WILLIAMS
Sex after service : a guide for military service members, veterans, and the people who love them / Drew A. Helmer, MD, MS
613.95086 HELMER
Unbreakable bonds : the mighty moms and wounded warriors of Walter Reed / Dava Guerin and Kevin Ferris
362.1971 GUERIN

Homecoming, Health and Healing

cover for overcoming post deployment syndrome        Cover of What Have We Done

Afterwar : healing the moral injuries of our soldiers / Nancy Sherman
616.85212 SHERMAN
Demon camp : a soldier's exorcism / Jennifer Percy
616.8521 PERCY
The last and greatest battle : finding the will, commitment, and strategy to end military suicides / John Bateson
362.28088 BATESON
Overcoming post-deployment syndrome : a six-step mission to health / David X. Cifu, Cory Blake
616.98023 CIFU
Sexual assault in the military : a guide for victims and families / Cheryl Lawhorne Scott, Don Philpott, and Jeff Scott
362.883 LAWHORNE
Unconditional honor : wounded warriors and their dogs / Cathy Scott
362.4092 SCOTT
Waking up from war : a better way home for veterans and nations / Joseph Bobrow
362.20869 BOBROW
Warrior renew : healing from military sexual trauma / Lori S. Katz, PhD
616.85836 KATZ
Warrior's return : restoring the soul after war / Edward Tick, PhD616.85212 TICK
What have we done : the moral injury of our longest wars / David Wood
355.0019 WOOD


Cover for Combat-related traumatic brain injury and PTSD      Cover of When the war never ends     Cover for The Wounds of the Soul

Combat-related traumatic brain injury and PTSD : a resource and recovery guide / Cheryl Lawhorne and Don Philpott
616.85212 LAWHORNE
Waiting for first light : my ongoing battle with PTSD / Romeo Dallaire, with Jessica Dee Humphreys
616.8521 DALLAIRE
When the war never ends : the voices of military members with PTSD and their families / Leah Wizelman
616.85212 WIZELMAN
The wounds of the soul : PTSD in lives of veterans and their families / [Jim B. Money ... et al.]
959.7 WOUNDS

Impacts of War

Cover for Band of Sisters      Cover for Psychedelic Marine      Cover for When Books Went to War

Band of sisters : American women at war in Iraq / Kirsten Holmstedt
956.7044 HOLMSTEDT
Dartmouth veterans : Vietnam perspectives / edited by Phillip C. Schaefer with David S. deCalesta, Frederick C. Gray, James P. Stewart, Robert J. Woodruff
Defiant : the POWs who endured Vietnam's most infamous prison, the women who fought for them, and the one who never returned / Alvin Townley
959.70437 TOWNLEY
Every Army man is with you : the cadets who won the 1964 Army-Navy game, fought in Vietnam, and came home forever changed / Nicolaus Mills
796.332 MILLS
Fighting for peace : veterans and military families in the anti-Iraq War movement / Lisa Leitz
956.70443 LEITZ
The girls come marching home : stories of women warriors returning from the war in iraq / Kirsten Holmstedt
956.70443 HOLMSTEDT 2011
**The heart and the fist : the education of a humanitarian, the making of a Navy SEAL / Eric Greitens
359.984 GREITENS
Helmand to the Himalayas : one soldier's inspirational journey / David Wiseman with Nick Harding
958.1047 WISEMAN
Psychedelic Marine : a transformational journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon / Alex Seymour
958.1047 SEYMOUR
Red, white, and true : stories from veterans and families, World War II to present / edited and with an introduction by Tracy Crow
305.90697 RED
**Resilience : hard-won wisdom for living a better life / Eric Greitens
Run, don't walk : the curious and chaotic life inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center / Adele Levine
956.7044 LEVINE
Section 60 : Arlington National Cemetery-- where war comes home / Robert M. Poole
975.5295 Poole
Toxic war : the story of Agent Orange / Peter Sills
959.70438 SILLS
Veteran friendships across lifetimes : brothers and sisters in arms / Jamie Ward
Wandering along the Himalayan foothills & beyond : A veterans travelogue / Colonel Mani K. Gahatraj (retd)
915.496 GAHATRAJ
**What it is like to go to war / Karl Marlantes
959.70434 MARLANTES
When books went to war : the stories that helped us win World War II / Molly Guptill Manning
028.90973 MANNING

** Multiple copies of this title are available, if you’d like it for your book club


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