Honoring Our Heroes

Cpl. Casey Owens Memorial Library

Marine Corporal Casey Owens

Marine Corporal Casey Owens, during his second deployment to Iraq in 2004, was injured when his vehicle struck two anti-tank mines, which resulted in the amputation of his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee. After going through numerous surgeries and rehab for his physical wounds Casey began dealing with the severe emotional wounds he received as well, many of which resulted from extreme survivor’s guilt after several follow Marines in his Platoon were killed in Iraq shortly after he was wounded. Casey, who would become a Paralympic Athlete and an advocate for the treatment of veterans, struggled with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for 10 years. Unfortunately, despite his many accomplishments, he eventually took his life.


Casey’s family donated his Marine Dress Blues and military Medals, his Boy Scout badges sash and other meaningful race and accomplishments badges to Impact A Hero. These are framed and displayed in the Impact A Hero Cpl. Casey Owens Library located at 2929 McKinney St, Houston. This special library is home to many leadership and personal development materials and books, veteran personal stories and other books authored by our heroes and patriots, all designed to impact a hero. Veteran and Active Military personnel are welcome to check out a book. In 2022, Impact A Hero expanded the libraries outreach by establishing an annex at other veteran service organization locations. In addition, we hope our website will be of helpful resource in book recommendations and will be updated on a monthly basis.

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Casey Owens Memorial Library Book Recommendations

The Impact A Hero Cpl. Casey Owens Memorial Library is an open resource for all veterans and active military service members. It is located at the Impact A Hero office located at Combined Arms, 2929 McKinney St, Houston. Each month, Impact A Hero will list recommended reading, and we are open to suggestions for books to add to our collection. Let us hear from you if you enjoyed one of our recommendations. Thank you.

February-March IAH Selection:

  • Can’t Hurt Me, by David Goggins
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • You are a Baddass by Jen Sincero

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins


If you’re having trouble reaching your full potential, look at David Goggins who transformed himself from a depressed overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and a top endurance athlete in the world. Through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, he shares his story and how he has overcome hardship to live outside his 40% capabilities.

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell


“What makes high-achievers different?” Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers” and his answer to that question is we pay too little attention to where they are from: their culture, their family, their generation, and their idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

First published in 1988, Covey layouts a model or steps to take live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being a “success” in life. Many leaders have recommended this book and is applicable at any stage in your life.

The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Robbins will give you a tool to become your greatest self, using the science of habits, stories and surprising facts from our historic past, art, and business. The secret is knowing how to make yourself do it.

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Author of another highly recommended book throughout any military career “Leaders Eat Last”, Sinek dives into people, organizations, businesses, and influential leaders and just how they inspired those around them to achieve remarkable things. If you are in a transition in your life (active to veteran, jobseeker to entrepreneur), this book will help make your picture clear.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Originally written in 1937, Hill gives us timeless information, advice, and words of wisdom in one of the greatest personal development books ever published. He even states himself, if you only were to read Chapter 2 and apply what you have read, you will become successful.

You Are A Badass: How to stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Sincero gives us easy to read chapters full of inspiriting stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and humor. This book will help you identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that have been stopping you from getting what you want

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