Recommended Reading for Homecoming Prepardness and Personal Development

 

 

"In order to get more than you have, you must become more than you are"
                                                   ...Jim Rohn, Author: The seasons of life
 
Since the first writings on war with the Illiad more that twenty seven centuries ago, authors and scholors have tried to capture their experiences and lessons of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war. Fortunately their stories and trials have been told in the books and programs that are available to us today.

 

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If you or someone you know has returned from the military and are having difficulty adapting back into life, parenting, relationships or employment, one of the best places to look for help is within yourself already, and that is your ability to learn. The power of learning and personal development occurs privately and at our own pace, so take your time, start today and discover the answers you are seeking.

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Combat Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress

Achilles in Vietnam by Dr. Jonathan Shay


 

 

Homecoming Preparedness for Veterans and Families

Odysseus In America by Dr. Jonathan Shay


 

 

Courage After Fire 

Courage after Fire provides information on common reactions that can occur after serving in a war zone as well as specific strategies to address them.This book focuses on the unique aspects of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), including the specific needs of the large number of US reservists and Army National Guard personnel participating in these operations, the stress of possible redeployment, and the reality that even with better medicine and body armor, many military service men and women taking part in OIF and OEF sustain physical and emotional wounds. Our goal is to offer help, hope, and inspiration to our newest veterans on their journey home from war.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Deployment Prepardness

I'm Already Home: Keeping your family close when you're on TDY

 


 

 

Veterans Benefits

Veteran's Survival Guide: How to File & Collect on VA Claims

"Claim denied” All too often  millions of veterans have received this response to their legitimate claims for Federal benefits. in most cases, writes veterans’ advocate John 0. Roche, the claimant did not understand the procedures needed to meet the myriad requirements of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  With the appeals process requiring years to resolve disputes, deserving veterans and their dependents are left confused and frustrated by the agency and a system that was created to serve them.  The answer is to submit a well-grounded claim initially, which The Veteran’s Survival Guide analyzes in detail, Written in an accessible self-help style, Roche’s book should be required reading for any veteran or veteran’s dependent who wishes to obtain their well-earned benefits and for those officials of veterans service organizations whose job it is to assist veterans with their claims."

Library Journal

ISBN 1-57488-415-8, 288 pages,

 


 

 


Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Hansen, Charles Preston, and Cindy Pederson (Health Communications, 2005).

 

Courage After Fire, by Keith Armstrong, Suzanne Best and Paula Domenici. Offers coping strategies for returning troops and their families, including reconnecting with loved ones.

 

Daddy, Will You Miss Me, by Wendy McCormick. (Aladdin Library. 2002). ISBN: 0689850638
 

My Father is in the Navy, by Robin McKinley and Martine Gourbault. (Greenwillow. 1992).
 

My Daddy is a Soldier (Sailor, Airmen) My Mommy is …. by Hilbrecht K and Hilbrecht S:  http://www.newcanaanpublishing.com  3rd ed 2003
 

20 Good Things Kids Can Do In Times of War/ 20 Good Things Kids Can Do In Times of Peace by Marsh C:  2003 www.gallopade.com

 

Daddy, You’re My Hero, by Michelle Ferguson-Cohen. (Little Redhaired Girl Publishing 2003). ISBN: 0972926410.[for kids ages 4-8]
 

Mommy, You’re My Hero, by Michelle Ferguson-Cohen. (Little Redhaired Girl Publishing 2003). ISBN: 0972926429.[for kids ages 4-8]
 

My Daddy is a Guardsman, Kirk Hilbrecht and Sharron Hilbrecht. (New Canon Publishing Company Inc. 2002). ISBN: 1889658308.

 

My Daddy is a Soldier, Kirk Hilbrecht and Sharron Hilbrecht. (New Canon Publishing Company Inc. 1996) ISBN: 1889658014.

 

15 Reasons I Love My DAD: A Fill-in-the-Blank Book, by Samantha Kappler, Cassidy Kappler, and Benjamin Kappler. (SBC Publishing, 2002). ISBN: 0966684311.

 

Down Range to Iraq and Back, by Bridget C. Cantrell and Chuck Dean. Discusses why many veterans suffer from flashbacks, depression and other effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

Finding My Way: A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma, by Michelle D. Sherman and DeAnne M. Sherman. Taps into teen concerns about parents who have served in combat.[for kids ages 12-18] (available at www.seedsofhopebooks.com)

Going Overboard: The Misadventures of a Military Wife, by Sarah Smiley (Penguin Group, 2005).

 

Help! I'm a Military Spouse: I Want a Life Too! by Kathie Hightower and Holly Scherer (Hightower and Scherer, 2005).

 

Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of War and Terrorism. LaGreca A et al [for kids ages 7-12]. Download:  www.7-dippity.com/other/UWA_war_book.pdf
Supplement (for using with school classes or groups)
www.7-dippity.com/other/Supplement.pdf

 

Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America’s Military Families, by Ellie Kay. ( Bethany House, Bloomington, MN,2002 www.bethanyhouse.com)

 

Home Fires Burning: Married to the Military for Better or Worse, by

Karen Houppert (Random House, 2006).

 

I’m not alone: A teen’s guide to living with a parent who has a mental illness, by Sherman, MD  Sherman, DM  Edina, MN(2006). Beaver’s Pond Press.: Available at www.seedsofhopebooks.com

 

Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform, by Meredith Leyva (Simon & Schuster, 2003).

 

Military Widow: A Survival Guide, by Joanne M. Steen, MS, NCC & M. Regina Asaro, MS, RN, CT (Naval Institute Press, 2006).

 

Psychiatric Disorders in Current Medical Diagnosis & amp; Treatment 2001,by Stuart J. Eisendrath ,M.D., and Jonathan E. Lichtmacher, M.D. Edited by L.M. Tierney, Jtr., MD, etal., 40th ed. N. New York (Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill, 2001)

 

Soldier Mom, by Alice Mead. (Yearling. 2001). ISBN: 0440229006

 

Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families, by Karen M. Pavlicin. Basic book for dealing with deployment and accompanying stress.

 

The Homefront Club: The Hardheaded Woman's Guide to

Raising a Military Family, by Jacey Eckhart (Naval Institute Press, 2005).

 

The Magic Box: When Parents Can’t Be There to Tuck You in, by Marty Sederman, Seymour Epstein, Ph.D., Karen Stormer Brooks. (Magination Press,2002). ISBN: 1557988064.

 

Today's Military Wife: Meeting the Challenges of Service Life, by Lydia

Sloan Cline (Stackpole, 2003).

 

What’s the Matter with Henry? The True Tale of a Three-Legged Cat,by Cathy Conheim and BJ Gallagher. (Breakthrough Press Third Edition February, 2007)

 

When Duty Calls:  A Guide to Equip Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Personnel and Their Loved Ones for Military Separations, by Vandesteeg C:  WinePress Publishing Enumclaw, WA 2001

 

 

While You Are Away, by E. Spinelli, (Hyperion Books, New York 2004)[Picture book for children whose parents are deployed; for ages 4-8] 

 

While They're at War: The True Stories of American Families on the Homefront, by Kristin Henderson (Houghton Mifflin, 2005).

 

 

For Schools, Communities, Child and Adolescent Care Workers

 

Stafford EM: Challenging Times: Pediatricians should be prepared to support needs of children in military families AAP NEWS, Vol 22 No 6 April 2003

Stafford EM and Grady BA: Military Family Support Pediatric Annals Vol 32 No 2 pp110-115 (Feb 03)

Vandesteeg C: When Duty Calls: A Guide to Equip Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Personnel and Their Loved Ones for Military Separations. WinePress Publishing Enumclaw, WA 2001

Pavlicin KM: Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families Elva Resa Publishing Saint Paul, Minn 2003

Martin JA, Rosen LN, and Sparaceno LR (eds): The Military Family: A Practical Guide for Human Service Providers , Praeger, Westport, Conn. 2000

Henderson, Kristin  While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront (2006).

Collier, Dianne (of Canada) Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America's Military Families (2002).

Martin JA, Rosen LN, and Sparaceno LR (eds): The Military Family: A Practical Guide for Human Service Providers , Praeger, Westport, Conn. 2000

Mass Trauma and Violence:  Helping Families and Children Cope, Webb NB (ed):  The Guilford Press, New York 2004

 

Military Family Support, by Stafford EM and Grady BA:  Pediatric Annals Vol 32 No 2 pp110-115 (Feb 03)

Challenging Times: Pediatricians should be prepared to support needs of children in military families, Stafford EM:  AAP NEWS, Vol 22 No 6 April 2003

Treatment of Psychological Trauma in Children of Military Families in Mass Trauma and Violence:  Helping Families and Children Cope (Webb NB-ed), by Hardaway T:  The Guilford Press, New York, pp259-282

Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death:  A Guide for Parents and Professionals, Goodman RF:  by The Institute for Trauma and Stress at the NYU Child Study Center, 2002 (can be accessed at www.militarystudent.org)

 

The Social Readjustment Rating Scale by Holmes/Rahe (1967), Modified by Pincus/Adler (2000)

 

Recognizing and Responding to Child and Adolescent Stress:  The Critical Role of the Pediatrician. By Stafford EM and Lemmon K: Pediatr Annals. 36: 225-231, 2007

 

About Reunion. A Scriptographic Product. 1990 Channing L. Bete Co., Inc

 

Heroes at Home-Help and Hope for America’s Military Families by Ellie Kay. 2002. Bethany House, Bloomington, MN, www.bethanyhouse.com

 

The Parent Report Card by Linda Berg-Cross, PhD, in Working Mother, Jan 93

 

 

 

 

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