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May is Military Appreciation Month

Carol, Arvada Library

As a military mom myself, I understand just how hard it is to have a family member in danger.  We worry everyday about their hardships, the mental and physical stress they are under, as well as knowing someone is trying to kill your loved one.  That by itself is very hard to wrap your head around.  When you hear on the news that we have lost more service members, you hold your breath for days waiting to hear from your soldier.  The stress is almost overwhelming.  Then, if you are lucky, they come home, maybe injured, but most certainly changed, but still they come home. They and their families must weather the changes and adjust to the lives they left behind and find a new way forward together.

In honor of Military Appreciation Month here are some nonfiction titles that show the hardships our service members and their families endure.

Voices From the Front: Letters Home from America's Military Family, letters collected, edited, and with a foreword by Frank Schaeffer

Outside the wire : American soldiers' voices from Afghanistan, edited by Christine Dumaine Leche; foreword by Brian Turner  

Once a warrior-always a warrior: navigating the transition from combat to home-- including combat stress, PTSD, and mTBI by Charles W. Hoge

The military father: a hands-on guide for deployed dads by Armin A. Brott  

I miss you! : a military kid's book about deployment by Beth Andrews

Witness: G.I. homecoming, (DVD) produced by Siskel Jacobs Productions for National Geographic Channels