In recent years, as part of a unique university-military community partnership, Kansas State University and Fort Riley have collaborated each fall to celebrate “A Season of Service,” an annual effort addressing “mission critical needs of campus, military, family and community.” Again this year, the KSU Office of Military Affairs and the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families will offer programs and events throughout September and October.
This year’s focus is on the challenges that military and families face in the transition and reintegration process
On Oct. 17, the Season of Service will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Finkel to Manhattan for several programs, including an author appearance and book-signing event at 11 a.m. at Manhattan Public Library. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
David Finkel is a journalist and author whose most recent book, “Thank You for Your Service,” chronicles the challenges faced by American soldiers and their families in the aftermath of war. Finkel’s previous book, “The Good Soldiers,” was a bestselling, critically acclaimed account of the “surge” during the Iraq War, during which Finkel was deployed with Fort Riley’s 2-16/1ID in Baghdad.
We at the library are proud to serve hundreds of active-duty military and their families as a critical community constituency, so in addition to David Finkel’s books the library offers a comprehensive collection of resources about and for military families. Here is just a sample of what is available from Manhattan Public Library:
•My Hero: Military Kids Write about Their Moms and Dads.
•A Tribute to Military Families: Letters of Thanks from Our Nation’s Children.
•A Different Path: the Story of an Army Family by Neal Creighton.
•Off to War: Voices of Soldiers’ Children by Deborah Ellis.
•My Dad’s Deployment: A Deployment and Reunion Activity Book for Young Children by Julie LaBelle.
•The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads by Armin A. Brott.
•Home Fires Burning: Married to the Military for Better or Worse by Armin A. Brott.
•Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families by Karen Pavlicin.
•When Duty Calls: A Handbook for Families Facing Military Separation by Carol Vandesteeg.
•Heroes!: Activities for Kids Dealing with Deployment by Susan Weaver.
•A Family’s Guide to the Military for Dummies by Sheryl Garrett.
•The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Life as a Military Wife by Lissa MGrath.
•Today’s Military Wife: Meeting the Challenges of Service Life by Lydia Sloan Cline.
•Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America’s Military Families by Ellie Kay.
•Portraits of the Toughest Job in the Army: Voices and Faces of Modern Army Wives by Janelle H. Mock.
•Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform by Meredith Leyva.
•Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage by Tanya Biank.
•Operation Military Family: How to Strengthen Your Military Marriage and Save Your Family by Michael J. R. Schindler .
•While They’re at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront by Kristin Henderson.
•Standing By: the Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War by Alison Buckholtz.
•Military Mental Health Care: A Guide for Service Members, Veterans, Families, and Community by Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott.
•Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families by Keith Armstrong.
•The War at Home: One Family’s Fight against PTSD by Shawn J. Gourley.
•Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home, Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI by Charles W. Hoge.
•When the War Never Ends: The Voices of Military Members with PTSD and Their Families by Leah Wizelman.
For more information about the 2013 “Season of Service” events, go to https://www.facebook.com/ksumilitaryfamilies (Aug. 27 post).
A comprehensive reading list including the books mentioned above and many more is available at the Information Desk at Manhattan Public Library.