Local veteran promises to save 50,000 shelter dogs nationwide
A Chico’s Promise 501(c)(3)launch event and book signing will be held on September 21stfrom 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Milford American Legion, Victor Stier Post 450, located at 111 Victor Stier Drive in Milford, Ohio.
More than 50 years ago, Vietnam veteran and author, Mike Monahan, served in Vietnam walking point with his scout dog, Chico.Mike recently released his sixth book, Chico’s Promise and founded a 501(c)(3) to help save 50,000 dogs by paying shelter adoption fees in memory of Chico.
The book is written in Chico’s voice and tells the story of how Chico was volunteered for military service and became a Superhero, saving Mike’s life and the lives of many others.When Mike’s tour was over, he had to leave Chico behind. A year later Chico was euthanized. Over 4300 dogs were euthanized or abandoned during the war.Leaving Chico behind has haunted Mike all these years and has inspired him to use a portion of the proceeds from the book sales and donations to help fund his mission - to save 50,000 dogs in Chico’s memory.
For more information and donations go to: www.chicospromise.org
To purchase a book got to:www.thinkmonahan.com
About Chico’s Promise – The Book and the 501(c)(3)
Vietnam 1969.Mike was a Scout Dog Handler for the 46th Scout Dog Platoon in Tay Ninh Vietnam and his canine partner’s name was Chico, Military Tattoo #66A9. Chico and Mike walked point (first position on patrol) from May 1969 until April 1970. Chico became a Superhero when he saved Mike’s life by alerting him to a tripwire hooked to explosives. During their year together on combat patrols, Chico’s alerts not only saved Mike’s life but saved the lives of many American soldiers.
Over 4300 military dogs were abandoned or euthanized by the end of the Vietnam war. Chico was put down one year after Mike returned home from Vietnam. For 50 years his feelings for abandoning Chico have weighed heavy on Mike’s heart.Recently he decided to tell Chico’s story and wrote the book, “Chico’s Promise,” in his voice. Chico saved Mike’s life. Now, using Chico’s story and a portion of the proceeds from the book, and donations from the 501(c)(3), Mike can help save the lives of 50,000 dogs in Chico’s memory by paying adoption fees at selected no-kill shelters throughout the United States.www.chicospromise.org