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  • Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat

    By Mike Ritland (YA 359.984)

    Ritland was a smaller-than-average kid who was often picked-on at school--which led him to spend more time with dogs at a young age. After graduating BUD/S training--the toughest military training in the world--to become a SEAL, he was on combat deployment in Iraq when he saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he'd found his true calling. Ritland started his own company to train and supply working and protection dogs for the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, and other clients.



  • War Is-: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War

    (YA 810.8 War)

    An anthology of fiction, speeches, poems, and essays about war. Includes bibliographical references.



  • Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam

    By Elizabeth Partridge (YA 959.7043)

    The history of the Vietnam war is complex. Partridge explores the war from eight different perspectives: six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee. Each individual reveals a difference facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Partridge also profiles key American leaders and events, to remind us of all that was happening at home; and highlights veteran's struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam. -- adapted from jacket.



  • Courageous Women of the Vietnam War

    By Kathryn Atwood (YA 959.7043)

    Author Kathryn J. Atwood presents a clear introduction to each of five chronological sections, guiding readers through the social and political turmoil that spanned two decades and the tenure of five US presidents. Each woman's story unfolds in a suspenseful, engaging way, incorporating plentiful original source materials, quotes, and photographs.



  • I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior

    By Howard Wasdin (YA B Wasd)

    Discusses an elite group that is trained to do very difficult missions.



  • The Making of a Navy SEAL

    By Brandon Webb (YA B Webb)

    Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Making of a Navy SEAL provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist.



  • Rites of Passage

    By Joy N. Hensley (YA Hens)

    Sixteen-year-old Sam McKenna discovers that becoming one of the first girls to attend the revered Denmark Military Academy means living with a target on her back.



  • Soldier Boy

    By Keely Hutton (YA Hutt)

    Follows Ricky from 1987-1991, and Samuel in 2006, as they are abducted to serve as child-soldiers in Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. Includes historical notes and information about Friends of Orphans, an organization founded by Ricky Richard Anywar, on whose life the story is partly based.



  • MWD: Hell is Coming Home

    By Brian David Johnson (YA John)

    Liz served in Iraq with her trusty military working dog, Ender, by her side. But now that her tour is over, she has to readjust to life in her small New Hampshire town. Despite being surrounded by people she’s known her whole life, Liz feels entirely alone and soon gets trapped in a downward spiral of flashbacks and blackout drinking.



  • Grendel's Guide to Love and War

    By A.E. Kaplan (YA Kapl)

    Tom Grendel writes in his notebooks, mows lawns for his elderly neighbors, and pines for Willow, a girl next door. When Willow's brother, Rex starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens' community where they live is transformed into a war zone. Tom's dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD, so Tom comes up with a plan to end the parties for good. But of course, it's not that simple.



  • Either Way: Story of a Gay Kid

    By Sandra Levins (YA Levi)

    A coming-of-age coming out story, a lesson on marriage equality, and historical fiction about a gay man in the military.



  • Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am

    By Harry Mazer (YA Maze)

    Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.



  • Purple Heart

    By Patricia McCormick (YA McCo)

    While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.



  • Great Falls

    By Steve Watkins (YA Watk)

    Shane has always worshiped his big brother, Jeremy. But three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken their toll, and the easy-go-lucky brother Shane knew has been replaced by a surly drunk who carries his loaded 9mm with him everywhere and lives in the basement because he can’t face life with his wife and two small children.