Author Stan Crader Directs Book Proceeds to Help Struggling Veterans

Author Stan Crader, who writes and lectures about rural America, is donating all proceeds from his series of three books to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, which coordinates and advocates for military veterans with combat-related traumatic brain injuries.

Crader, president of Crader Distributing Company – Blue Mountain Equipment in Marble Hill, Missouri, wrote his first novel The Bridge in 2007. Paperboy was published in 2010 and The Longest Year was published in 2012.

“The proceeds from each novel was initially directed to a local charity…but now all proceeds from all novels are directed to Resurrecting Lives Foundation,” he said. He was introduced to the non-profit foundation from a friend who was involved with Wounded Warriors. He is now a member of the foundation’s board.

An estimated 20% to 25% of the nearly 3.2 million returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have a traumatic brain injury and an estimated 30% have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.\

Crader, who was raised in a small Missouri town, set his novels in the late 1960s in the small fictional town of Colby, His first book spent several days on Amazon’s best-seller list for Christian fiction.

His family and those who received his company’s quarterly newsletter and humorous family Christmas letters encouraged him to write a book, he said. While the stories are fiction, the characters are a blend of people he knew while growing up. There’s also a thread of truth in some scenarios, he said.

“They’re realistic, and take the reader on the full emotional curve…and evokes many treasured memories of their childhood,” Crader said of his books. “The target audience is baby boomers, particularly those who grew up in towns of less than 50,000 people, but I’ve found that readers who came of age in New York City find the stories interesting.”

Crader said readers encouraged him to continue tales of Colby and its residents after his first novel. He is contemplating a fourth novel in the series, tentatively titled Approach the Bench.

“I’m inspired to write or speak when there’s something to be said,” he said. “Rural America, when responsibility ruled the day, is slowly evaporating…and is now replaced by sidewalk-free neighborhoods filled with kids looking at their screens and texting a friend who is nearby.”

Crader has a website, His books are available on


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