The new holiday novel by Mary Alice Monroe, A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS, brings attention to the issue of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among America’s veterans and the national organization Pets for Vets, which provides service dogs to service members who need this form of therapy.
Pets for Vets is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injury by providing a second chance for shelter pets through rescuing, training, and pairing the animals with American veterans who could benefit from a companion animal. Pets for Vets has numerous chapters across the country. Monroe worked with the national president of Pets for Vets to thoroughly understand the program so she could sensitively and accurately portray it in her new novel, which released October 25th.
Monroe, who lives near Charleston, South Carolina, supports her local chapter of Pets for Vets. If you’d like to donate to the Charleston chapter of the organization, you can send a tax-deductible donation to:
Pets for Vets, Inc. of Charleston
4113 Colonel Vanderhorst Circle
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Readers are encouraged to support any Pets for Vets chapter near them. You can learn more about the national organization at www.PetsforVets.com, including how to apply for a service dog.