The Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families partnered with K-State Libraries and the Office of Military Affairs to host journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author, David Finkel on October 17th, 2013. Finkel spoke on behalf of his book, “Thank You For Your Service.” This event was held at the Kansas State Alumni Center, where there was a book sale and signing followed by the lecture that was held in the main ballroom. Finkel, who deployed with the 2-16/1ID in Baghdad during the surge in 2007, spoke about his new book “Thank You for Your Service,” which focused on service members of the 2-16 and their post-deployment reintegration with their families and communities. Research for this book was conducted in the greater Flint Hills and Ft. Riley region. David Finkel followed the soldiers he had discussed in his book for 8 months and has stayed in contact with them post-war.