Military-Related, Must-See Movies and Must-Read Books

What better way to educate yourself on a subject than to learn through watching a movie or reading an intriguing book. If you’re looking for a movie or book to help you gain more knowledge on service members’ stories, traumatic brain injury, reintegration, or healing and loss, check out these suggestions for you!


Service: When Women Come Marching Home – Service tells a story about several courageous female veterans who leave active duty and reintegrate into regular civilian lives. Their traumatic experiences, physical/mental injuries, and other challenges are told in detail. It takes place throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, Tennessee, and New York. The purpose of Service is to further inform the civilian population of the challenges women in the armed forces face.

Taking Chance – Based on real-life events, Kevin Bacon plays a Lt. Col. who is lacking in combat experience. Because of this, he volunteers to become a military escort officer that accompanies the body of a young Marine back to his hometown. Taking Chance is a dramatic movie that tells a true story of the respect paid to everyone who has died for our country.


Healing From The War – Written by Arthur Egendorf, Healing from the War summarizes Egendorf’s wisdom and personal experiences from his own recovery and healing. Infused with humanism and idealism, this dramatic book describes the nature of war trauma and the steps to a successful recovery.

Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal – Belleruth Naparstek has written an educated self-help book that helps readers understand how trauma can be so devastating and why. Naparstek describes the different areas of therapy/healing techniques with a step-by-step program and guided-imagery exercises tailored to the three stages of recovery.

A Stranger In My Bed – Written in first-person, Debbie Sprague takes you on a journey of love, fear, and despair. She tells the story of how she and her family overcome the struggles derived from her husband’s TBI. The book portrays that TBI affects not only those who are suffering, but their loved ones as well, and exhibits the emotional strength necessary to overcome TBI.

By diving into these films and books, you can learn a lot about the effects military service has on people, and how it changes their lives. That can be especially helpful for those looking to educate themselves on the struggles their loved one serving in the military may face. Try out a few of our top picks and check out our own videos on the IFHF YouTube channel!

Posted on February 29 2016 in Blog

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