lou eisenbrandt


lou eisenbrandt


Growing up in a small Illinois town, Louise (Lou) Graul Eisenbrandt decided to join the Army in order to “see the world.” After graduating as a Registered Nurse in June 1968, she attended basic training, then headed to Ft. Dix New Jersey, her first duty assignment.

In September 1969, she received orders for Vietnam, arriving there on November 1. During her year at the 91st Evac Hospital, she cared for GIs, South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, and even Viet Cong and NVA soldiers. From malaria and hepatitis to double amputees, massive head traumas, and deadly bullet wounds; Lt. Graul saw it all.

Since 1970, she has made four return trips to Vietnam, the latest in September 2014, when she joined 11 other vets making their first return trip to the country. 

For the past 30 years, the author has been sharing her experiences with students and community groups. In addition, she is Chairman Emeritis of the board of Turning Point in Leawood, KS. Her other interests are travel, photography, golf, gardening, and finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Lou lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, Jim. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.




Vietnam Nurse 

2016 Military Writer's Society of America Silver Medal Award Winner!!!

Combining narrative and poetry, photos and documents, Lou Eisenbrandt's Vietnam Nurse tells the compelling story of how a Midwestern woman, born with a little wanderlust and a lot of courage, found herself serving as a nurse in Vietnam during some of the most dangerous and damaging stretches of the war in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During her service, Eisenbrandt encounters life-changing stories, most notably her own, as she writes in one of her poems, that spark "Songs of love and loss, of sweat drenched nights and blood smeared days." Since the war and through her many return journeys to Vietnam, Eisenbrandt shows us her deepening commitment to service, widening search for truth, and enduring creation of a life that matters.

—Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate

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Paperback | ISBN 978-1-941165-68-3 | 160 Pages
HISTORY / Military / Vietnam War

Despite an upsurge of public interest in Vietnam and the veterans who fought there, relatively little has been written about the 8,000-10,000 women who served as well - about why they went, what they did there, and how the war affected them.

In an extraordinary piece of well-written literature, Lou Eisenbrandt’s ‘Vietnam Nurse’ allows readers to enter that world. After reading it, you will never be the same.
— Michael Christy — “Together We Served” Lt Col U.S. Army (Retired)
Not the normal war story, this book relates to the impact of war on a young woman and her ongoing relative success to travel and mend as much as anyone may with a scarred war background.
— Hodge Wood — Military Writers Society of America


upcoming events

upcoming events



February 18 – Joint signing with son, Matt Eisenbrandt, author of “Assassination of a Saint” 1-3 pm; Country Club of Leawood. Leawood, KS

March 9 – Airmen’s dinner Honoree; Scott Air Force Base, IL
March 28 – "New Chapter" meeting

April 15 – Men's Club

May 3 – Book club, Topeka, KS
May 27 – Veterans recognition by VFW and KSUVC. Lenexa, Kansas

June 7 – Book Club

July 10 – PEO chapter

October 12 – Book club

November 10 – Veterans Day

January 9 – PEO Chapter


Past Events

February 2016
Presentation and book signing. Estes Park, Colorado.
Presentation and signing for Military Officers Association. Springfield, Missouri.
Book signing – Maui, Hawaii.

March 2016
Book signing. Maui, Hawaii.
Presentation and signing for Eastern Kansas Health Care System. Leavenworth, Kansas.
Presentation and signing for EKHCS. Topeka, Kansas.

April 2016
Lou will be the featured speaker at Rockhurst University Library Guild annual luncheon. Indian Hills Country Club. 11:00 am.

May 2016
Book club talk.

July 2016
Presentation to Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association. Atlanta, Georgia.

August 2016
Book club talk. 

September 2016
PEO presentation.
Presentation to “Kansas Sons of Union Vets of the Civil War” Bass Pro Shop. 7:00 pm.

October 2016
Book club Leawood KS

November 2016
Book signing Kansas City MO
DAR –Osawatomie, KS
Veteran’s DayTake a vet to dinner day!!!!
Open to the public, sponsored by “Veterans’ Voices” 2:00 WWI museum Kansas City, Missouri
PEO groups
Harmony Middle School KS -  Vets dayFeatured speaker