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


Joe Galloway & Bob Babock

holding a copy of Vietnam Nurse: Mending and Remembering

Your candor about the friendships and relationships you formed gave your account so much authenticity, and, as I said, conveyed the powerful (if temporary) connections made under such extreme circumstances…I was interested to read how, when you came home, you sought out others who had shared similar experiences in Vietnam, and experienced the way the country (particularly in pop culture) turned against not just the war, but those who had served. I found your book to be fascinating, enjoyable, and full of genuine emotion and insight. Thanks for writing it. I know it will be treasured by your family, in particular, and its a real contribution to anyone’s understanding of the war.
— Mark Bowden, author “Black Hawk Down” & “Hue 1968”
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


January 6 – DAR Chapter
January 6 – DAR Chapter
January 26 – Rotary Club

March 6 – DAR Chapter

April 5 – DAR Chapter
April 20 – Missouri Sate DAR Meeting

June 12 – PEO Chapter

July 10 – PEO Chapter


Past Events

February 2017
Joint signing with son, Matt Eisenbrandt, author of “Assassination of a Saint” 1-3 pm; Country Club of Leawood. Leawood, KS

March 2017
Airmen’s dinner Honoree; Scott Air Force Base, IL
"New Chapter" meeting

April 2017
Men's Club

May 2017
Book club, Topeka, KS
Veterans recognition by VFW and KSUVC. Lenexa, Kansas

June 2017
Book club

July 2017
PEO chapter

September 2017
Big Read Project Kansas City,” The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Presentation “Vietnam Nurse” by author Lou Eisenbrandt. Mid Continent Library, Independence, MO
PEO Chapter
Featured in  “Women in War” PBS in Kansas City KCPT online.  TV broadcast follows at end of September

October 2017
“Big Read Project Kansas City,” The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Presentation “Vietnam Nurse” by author Lou Eisenbrandt. Olathe Public Library, Olathe, KS
"Big Read Project Kansas City,” The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Presentation “Vietnam Nurse” by author Lou Eisenbrandt. North Kansas City Librar, North Kansas City, MO
PEO Chapter
DAR Chapter

November 4
DAR Chapter