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SIUE Military and Veteran Services’ MAVRC Book Club

Starting this Fall 2021 semester, SIUE’s Military and Veteran Services  will be hosting its MAVRC Book Club [Military and Veteran Resource Center Book Club] that will meet monthly. For the September meeting, we’ll be discussing See Me For Who I Am: Student Veterans’ Stories of War and Coming Home edited by David Chrisinger (Hudson Whitman Excelsior College Press, 2015). Please see the 2021-2022 schedule below.

Participants will be responsible for their own copy of the selected book. To get a copy of the selected title, you may purchase a copy at any retailer of your choice, such as:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Half Price Books

Or borrow a copy from a local library:


About the MAVRC Book Club

To truly recognize the military and veteran community is to be informed of the various and complex histories, experiences, and narratives of military culture and veteran knowledge. The MAVRC Book Club, organized by the Office of Military and Veteran Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), will present a series of readings and discussions to better comprehend and interpret the policies and procedures that developed the United States Armed Forces, and make sense of the terrain and bureaucracy that military personnel and veterans navigate daily. Hosting such a book club will cultivate conversations with the purpose of dismantling stereotypes and the romanticism on the meaning of service.

Readings selected for the book club will be a diverse selection that will highlight the contributions of women veterans, veterans of color, and LGBTQIA+ veterans – groups that have a history of hostile treatment in the military and whose service has been marginalized. Other readings will dissect the policies and procedures that have shaped the military and veteran life. Another theme of readings will provide a worldly perspective of conflicts that the United States military has engaged in since its formal establishment.

Trigger warning: Books selected may deal with themes and topics of war and combat; sexual assault, abuse, harassment, and violence; disabilities, physical and mental health, and trauma; gender and sexual identity; race, culture, and ethnicity; and politics and religion.

Politics of the authors of selected readings are not reflective of Military and Veteran Services. Differing opinions and worldviews should be communicated intellectually with respect and understanding.

Book club meetings will be held via Zoom. Book club meetings will not be held in January, May, August, or December.

All book club meetings will be open virtually to the public.

2021-2022 MAVRC Book Club Schedule

September 2021

  • Book: See Me For Who I Am: Student Veterans’ Stories of War and Coming Home edited by David Chrisinger (Hudson Whitman Excelsior College Press, 2015)
  • Meeting: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 12:00PM


October 2021

  • Book: Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal’s Journey to Coming Out Transgender by Kristin Beck and Anne Speckard, Ph.D. (Advances Press, 2013)
  • Meeting: Thursday, October 28, 2021, 12:00PM


November 2021

  • Book: Paying with Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran by John Kinder (The University of Chicago Press, 2015)
  • Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 12:00PM


February 2022

  • Book: War! What Is It Good For?: Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War II to Iraq by Kimberley L. Phillips (The University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
  • Meeting: Thursday, February 24, 2022, 12:00PM

March 2022

  • Book: Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era by Heather Marie Stur (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Meeting: Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:00PM

April 2022

  • Book: Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience by Anuradha Bhagwati (Atria Books, 2019)
  • Meeting: Thursday, April 28, 2022, 12:00PM

June 2022  

  • Book: I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen – My Journey Home by Shoshana Johnson with M.L. Doyle (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
  • Meeting: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 12:00PM

July 2022

  • Book: The Rise of the Military Welfare State by Jennifer Mittelstadt (Harvard University Press, 2015)
  • Meeting: Thursday, July 28, 2022, 12:00PM