I just put this book on hold at the library—The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. There are 200-something people ahead of me. That’s fine. Maybe by the time it’s my turn, I’ll be ready to read it. The story was inspired by Powers’ service in Iraq.
I also put this book on hold—The Mullah’s Storm by Thomas Young. It’s set in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan. There are no holds on it. I’ll soon see if I’m ready for this one.
The book I’m finishing up right now is also about war, but it’s not a novel. It’s Love Our Vets, by Welby O’Brien. Every bit of it has been helpful. And not just in loving vets, but loving anyone who has experienced trauma. (Including oneself.)
I have two vets that I love who have survived combat zones—my father in World War II and my husband last year in Afghanistan. I might write about the non-resistant Amish—a philosophy I greatly admire—but I’m also thankful for those who serve. And I’m grateful to Welby for addressing their needs. She’s written a great book.
If you’re close to someone who has experienced trauma or have experienced it yourself, I recommend Love Our Vets.