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African Americans at War: An Encyclopedia. Reference U 52 .S 88 2004
Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence. Reference HV 6626 .E 534 2007
Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma. Reference RC 552 .P 67 E 53 2008
Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America. Reference UB 357 .E 53 2009
Encyclopedia of Trauma. Reference RC 552 .P 67 E 534 2012
Encyclopedia of War. Reference U 27 .E 48 2012
Encyclopedia of Youth and War. Reference HQ 784 .W 3 S 54 2000
The Literature of War. Reference PN 56 .W 3 L 55 2012
Statistical Abstract of the United States. Latest print editions at Ready Reference. Older editions at General HA 202 .U 5 S 93.
Veterans Health Library, from the V.A. (lots of online health resources)