University of Southern Indiana
Community Read 2012 Theme

Group Information

Kinds of Groups Already Formed

  • Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Reading Groups
  • Local Veterans Administration staff
  • Veteran Support Groups
  • Service Providers, such as ministers
  • Church Congregations
  • Academic Departments at USI
  • Service Learning Classes at USI
  • Staff, faculty and students at Ivy Tech
  • Veterans Groups, both in-person and virtual groups
  • Managers of Companies who employ veterans

Join a Group

If you are interested in joining a group and are curious what groups are accepting new members, contact Helen D. Azarian by phone at 812/759-7635 or by email at If you are a veteran looking for a group, contact Greg Wagoner at

Start a Group

If you are interested in starting a group, visit the Online Discussions page of our website, which has links to guidelines for conducting a group, guidelines for creating an online group and/or discussion board, and and a growing list of links to current online groups, along with a link to the official Community Read Facebook Page.

Group Resources

Provided below is a list of resources that could supplement group discissions about the book, including resource people, war-themed films, short videos online, related books and websites of note. Click on the category names below to find out more.

Resource People »

Dawn Tedrow
Veteran Case Manager, Lucas Place II
812/457-9424 |
* Available to talk about Lucas Place II

Vaughn DeCoster
812/465-1003 |
* Available to talk about his experiences at the behavioral health office with the Guard/Reserve and his clinical experience treating PTSD with the VA

Jim Tomes
State Senator, Commander VFW Wadesville
812/985-5473 |

Gary May
Associate Professor of Social Work, President of Veterans for Peace
812/457-9424 |
* Available to talk about his experience as a Vietmam veteran, clinical work with veterans, and experience with the VA

Gregory A. Wagoner
Assistant Director, USI Physical Plant, Member of Vanderburgh County Veterans Council, Advisor for USI Student Veterans Association
812/468-2299 |

C. Larry Rhodes
Founder and Director, Operation Support on the Homefront, Vietnam War Veteran

Films »

Most of these films are available at local libraries. Each title lists the library branch were it can be located.

  • Black Hawk DownCentral, North Park, Oaklyn, Red Bank, West, Stringtown, East
  • Tears of the SunOaklyn
  • Full Metal JacketNorth Park, West, Red Bank, McCollough
  • We Were Soldiers (ties to Evansville) – Central, East, McCollough, North Park, Oaklyn, West, Red Bank, Stringtown
  • TigerlandRed Bank
  • PlatoonUSI, North Park, West
  • Hart's WarNorth Park, Oaklyn
  • Band of BrothersCentral, McCollough, North Park, Oaklyn, Red Bank, West, Stringtown
  • The Hurt LockerUSI, Central
  • U-571USI, Oaklyn, West
  • Twelve O'Clock HighCentral
  • LionessCentral
  • Poster Girlunavailable at local libraries
  • Guess Who's Coming Homeunavailable at local libraries
  • Taking ChanceMcCollough, Mt. Vernon
  • Section 60unavailable at local libraries
  • Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnamunavailable at local libraries
  • Alive Day Memories: Home from IraqCentral, North Park, West, Red Bank
  • Baghdad ERunavailable at local libraries

Video Shorts »

Goodbye Viet Nam

Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

Recommended Books »

Finkel, David (2009). The Good Soldiers. New York: Sarah Crichton Books.

Seahorn, Janet & Anthony (2008). Tears of a Warrior: A Family's Story of Combat and Living with PTSD. Ft. Collins, CA: Team Pursuits.

Slone, Laurie B. and Friedman, Matthew J. (2008) After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families. Da Capo Press; 1 edition.

Websites »

Veterans History Project

The War
Website of the PBS Documentary by Ken Burns

War Letters
Website from the PBS Series American Experience, including the full episode available for viewing online

National Veterans Art Museum

Links to other websites concerning resources for veterans can be found on the Veterans Resources page of this site.

Sponsors WNIN Ivy Tech EVPL VA Health
Operation Support the Homefront Veterans for PeaceMFRI
Funders Evansville Literacy CoalitionVFW Post 1114