"Sarah Williams knows firsthand the hardships some military veterans face. Her former husband served in Vietnam, and it left him with psychological scars.
"The struggles he faced internally profoundly affected the rest of the family," Williams said. "The challenges we faced with the (Veterans Administration) and other providers finding care for him and others in our family were -- and are -- of great concern to me."
Her experience with her husband 30 years ago prompted Williams to pursue a graduate degree in social work from MU in 2010. While she was in school, she decided to buy a farm near the Missouri River in Cooper County -- now known as Storybook Farms -- with the purpose of promoting human-animal interaction. She is certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, or EAGALA, to provide mental health therapy using horses."