Book Choices to Honor Veterans Day 2021
““Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”
– Winston Churchill
Each day, we exercise free speech and free expression which likely would not exist without the protection of the U.S. military over the last 200+ years. Domestically and internationally, veterans sacrifice their lives and safety to protect these everyday freedoms. This week, we honor Veterans Day by acknowledging their sacrifices.
To practice your gratitude for the sacrifices made by Veterans, check out the amazing selection of literature gathered by our Librarians.
The United States recently ended the War in Afghanistan which lasted a total of nineteen years making the conflict the longest war in U.S. history.
The selection below includes picks that focus on the War in Afghanistan giving a view into realities faced by the modern soldier. You can also see these Veterans Day picks and more via our featured choices this week on Reader’s Café.
Never Quit by Jimmy Settle
This biographical book recounts the journey of an Alaskan shoe-store clerk turned Special Operations Rescue jumper. Author Jimmy Settle details his time as an elite paratrooper and highlights the harrowing realities of war.
Once a Warrior by Jake Wood
Former Marine Jake Wood healed and renewed his purpose after grueling tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. This powerful true story describes how Wood founded Team Rubicon, an organization that has recruited over 100,000 veteran volunteers to help those facing disasters.
Shooting Ghosts by Thomas J Brannan and Finbarr O’Reilly
This dual memoir profiles the unlikely friendship between a war photographer and a U.S. Marine. Their bond helped them heal combat wounds and battle post-traumatic stress disorder following their time serving in the Middle East.
Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe
The lives of three women that served in Afghanistan are detailed in this biographical novel. The book recounts how their time deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq impacted their friendships, families, work, and realities.
These picks for teens and young adults detail the intricacies of serving in the U.S. military. The fiction picks below focus on the realities of war and post-conflict impacts soldiers often face. There are also non
–fiction picks that highlight true stories from wartime.
The Price of Duty by Todd Strasser
Hailed as a hero, 20-year-old Jake returns home to recover from an injury and finds himself struggling with debilitating PTSD. This fictional novel details his struggles with mental health and his difficulties to return to war after healing.
Hayley Kincaid and her father try to escape the horrors her father experienced while deployed in Iraq which carry over into his post-combat life. This fictional account details how warfare transforms soldiers, delving into the impact of PTSD on veterans and their families.
Bonded by Battle by Nancy Roe Pimm
This book details the incredible bonds shared by soldiers and their dogs. Pimm follows the stories of 13 dog teams who transformed military tactics and covers conflicts ranging from the Civil War to the War in Afghanistan.
Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone
This nonfiction book delves into the role of America’s first black paratroopers who served during World War II when the United States Forces were segregated. The book recounts the sacrifices of black service members who protected the American West from Japanese attacks.
These choices help explain veterans’ sacrifices to a younger audience. Picks include a graphic novel, non
–fiction choices detailing true stories of U.S. heroes, and other illustrated books that help explain the role of service members.
Hollow Chest by Brita Sandstrom
When his brother Theo returns home from World War II, Charlie discovers Theo’s heart has been consumed by a war wolf, which lives off of grief. He must save his brother before it’s too late. This book is an unforgettable modern folktale of the darkness inside us, and the courage it takes to keep hope alive.
Tale of Two Marines by James Buckley Jr.
After hearing reports of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, two former marines were among the heroes who answered a call to duty. Follow Staff Sergeant Dave Karnes and Sergeant Jason Thomas in this graphic novel on their mission to rescue those trapped in the debris.
The Tuskegee Airmen by Sarah E. De Capua
In a time when the U.S. military was still segregated, the Tuskegee Airmen fought for a truth that was questionable at the time – that black service members fight with the same courage and exceptional skill as white service members.
The Wall by Eve Bunting
This picture book tells the story of a boy and his father who take a long trip to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. There, they locate the name of the boy’s grandfather and honor his sacrifice while fighting overseas.
From Poudre Libraries, thank you to Veterans past and present for your service.