Parnell, a veteran who received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for his service in Afghanistan, joined Bold Life to discuss his new action novel, “Man of War” and his work with veterans. He told us that because so few Americans have served and are familiar with the war experience, veterans can feel isolated and alone when they come home.
Parnell said when he came back, he needed a new mission, “something that I can serve that felt like it was just bigger than me.” He’s dedicated his life to helping veterans by creating the American Warrior Initiative, which educates and encourages Americans to give back to our military.
A major part of the organization’s work is cutting red tape and getting service dogs to veterans “as fast as humanly possible.” Many Americans don’t know that the waitlist for a service dog can be 10 years and can cost $25,000. Parnell’s organization fully funds the dogs and pairs up vets with the right service dog for them.
“The bond between combat veteran and dog is tangible. You can see it — you can feel it,” said Parnell. “It gives a veteran a sense that even when they’re in their darkest moments…somebody has their back.”
Learn more about and donate to Parnell’s organization here.
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Photo credit: American Warrior Initiative