We love reading about heroes — what about helping some real-life ones? Some of your favorite romantic suspense authors are banding together to help military veterans with their new anthology, The Way of the Warrior. Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann and more penned stories featuring wounded veterans — and all the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps veterans with valuable resources. We talked with the ladies about why this project was important to them.
Why is the Wounded Warrior Project important to you?
Suzanne Brockmann: First and foremost, my deepest thanks go out to everyone who buys this anthology! We appreciate your contribution so very much!
Support of our veterans should be a completely bipartisan issue, especially considering the sacrifices America’s military families make for all of us. But we currently have a congress where a majority of our elected representatives feel that proper care for our returning veterans is outside of America’s budget. I strongly disagree! Failing to care for our veterans means we’re breaking a promise that we made to them when they volunteered. So the fact that wounded servicemen and women are forced to get help from privately funded organizations like WWP is extremely troubling to me. But until change happens (#VOTE!), I personally want to help however I can.
Julie Ann Walker: For a number of years I volunteered weekly at my local USO (United Service Organization). Through that volunteerism I got know service members and their families, veterans, military retirees, etc. I saw the devotion and allegiance these men and women have to our country, the sacrifices they made/make to protect my freedom and way of life. And it touched me, humbled me in a way that nothing before ever had. The Wounded Warrior Project often partners with the USO, and it’s an organization that gives back to those who have given so much. Donating to the Wounded Warrior project is my small way of saying, “Thank you.”
Catherine Mann: The Wounded Warrior Project is very close to my heart as my husband is a combat veteran with over 20 years service. Both of our daughters are also married to men in uniform, who have also deployed into combat zones. It is an honor to be able to serve our country even further by helping the Wounded Warrior Project through this charity anthology.
Tina Wainscott: I think the general public believes that our soldiers are taken care of when they are injured, but the sad truth is that help is limited. WWP steps in to fill the gap between what the government can do and what soldiers and their families need as they try to mend their lives and bodies. After what these brave people do for our country, and in the name of freedom, we owe them all the support that they so richly deserve.
Anne Elizabeth: As a military spouse, I see many challenges first hand. Acknowledgement of the sacrifice that our heroes make is very important. To this day, my husband still becomes emotional when he’s welcomed home. None of these services were around when he was active duty. Seeing them available now to help soldiers and sailors is a beautiful and important gift to these brave warriors and their families.
M.L. Buchman: Writing this story as a benefit to the Wounded Warrior Project allowed me to give something back to those who have given so much. Our veterans face so many challenges returning to civilian life, that if I can do something to ease that path, I’m thrilled to do so.
Kate SeRine: This project is very close to my heart as I have many friends and family—including my father and brother-in-law—who have served in the military. It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of this anthology and to give back to those who have sacrificed so much.
Lea Griffith: My life has been filled with amazing men who served their country in the most selfless way. My grandfather served in the Army in Korea and my stepdad was Air Force Sergeant who served in Vietnam. The stories they shared, the pride they took in their service made a deep and lasting impression on me. I see the young men and women today giving of themselves in the same ways. Giving back to them after they’ve done so much for me and my family, for our way of life and our freedoms was an opportunity I could never pass up. It has been my honor and privilege to return even a portion of what they’ve donated to all of us.
Way of the Warrior will be available in stores and online May 5. Pick up a copy and help support the Wounded Warrior Project!