The end of the year is upon us, and for the most part, that means you’ll soon put your feet up and get some much-deserved holiday rest. Instead of watching the game, or catching up on your favorite shows, we ask that you get closer to our Veterans. We’ve come up with a list that we think is worth a read this holiday season.
1.The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II by Gregory Freeman
The Forgotten 500 is an exciting war novel of what happened when hundreds of American soldiers were trapped in Nazi-controlled Yugoslavia and not only had to keep the villagers safe but survive. Without giving away any spoilers, we guarantee this book will beat anything you can find on Netflix.
2.We Were Soldiers Once…and Young: Ia Drang the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
In 1993, the Marina Corps Commandant recommended this read, and we still think it’s worth your time. Based on hundreds of interviews with men who fought, including the Vietnamese, you’ll see how these men persevered in the face of one of the most violent and influential battles from the Vietnam War. You will be reminded why our Veterans deserve every bit of respect.
Warning: this is a first-hand account, so expect detailed and violent imagery
3.Restless Souls by Dan Sheehan
Restless Souls offers a fictional account of how a Veteran from the Bosnian War and his best friends struggle, overcome, and face PSTD all while searching for a treatment. It isn’t a first-hand interpretation of how PTSD feels, but you will gain a Veteran and caretaker perspective on facing this condition. If you would like to learn more on PTSD, you can go online and read first-hand experiences of what our Veterans go through post-deployment.
4.The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
The Good Soldiers is another book on the list that isn’t for the faint of heart. Based in 2007 Iraq, The Good Soldiers covers what the Infantry Soldiers in the 2-16 Battalion called “the surge” Winner of the Best Book of the Year from eight different publications, the story chronicles the soldier’s perspective of carrying out the revised Iraq Strategy from the George H. W. Bush Administration. Daniel Okrent from Fortune had this to say,
"Let me be direct. The Good Soldiers by David Finkel is the most honest, most painful, and most brilliantly rendered account of modern war I’ve ever read." - Daniel Okrent
5.Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals That Help Them Heal by Dava Guerin
You may have seen our adorable Chief Barketing Officer, Kelsey. Now read about animals that are not only cute but devote their lives to serving Veterans. This heartfelt book tells fifteen different stories about dogs, cats, horses, pigs, and even birds that have helped transform lives.
There are plenty of other books that we could add to the list, but these are some of our favorites. We want everyone to remember this holiday season that not all are as fortunate as us.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help our veterans visit: https://www.veteransadvantage.com/giving-back/trusted-military-organizations-and-nonprofits