Episode 9: Shannon Walker Talks About Northwest Battle Buddies, Service Dogs, and Helping Veterans

Shannon Walker’s Northwest Battle Buddies is a non profit with an important mission – partnering veterans suffering from PTSD with professionally trained service dogs that can help these men and women regain their freedom and independence. Shannon and her team  work to help the men and women who have given up so much for our country. She talks with Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti about Northwest Battle Buddies and what needs to be done to clear up some of the confusion about service vs. emotional support animals. 

About Charlene Giannetti (511 Articles)
Charlene Giannetti, editor of Woman Around Town, is the recipient of seven awards from the New York Press Club for articles that have appeared on the website. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Charlene began her career working for a newspaper in Pennsylvania, then wrote for several publications in Washington covering environment and energy policy. In New York, she was an editor at Business Week magazine and her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. She is the author of 13 non-fiction books, eight for parents of young adolescents written with Margaret Sagarese, including "The Roller-Coaster Years," "Cliques," and "Boy Crazy." She and Margaret have been keynote speakers at many events and have appeared on the Today Show, CBS Morning, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many others. Her last book, "The Plantations of Virginia," written with Jai Williams, was published by Globe Pequot Press in February, 2017. Her podcast, WAT-CAST, interviewing men and women making news, is available on Soundcloud and on iTunes. She is one of the producers for the film "Life After You," focusing on the opioid/heroin crisis that had its premiere at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, where it won two awards. Charlene divides her time between homes in Manhattan and Alexandria, Virginia.