Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets

by Warrior Canine Connection
Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets
Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets
Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets
Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets


Warrior Canine Connection utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery model to help Warriors recovering from the stress of combat reconnect with their families, communities, and life. By interacting with the dogs as they move from puppyhood to training to adult service dogs, Warrior Trainers benefit from a physiological and psychological animal-human connection. As a result of their efforts, Veterans with disabilities receive the finest in trained service dogs.

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WCC's service dog training therapy program is designed to specifically address the symptoms of combat stress of returning Warriors, such as isolation, emotional numbness and re-experiencing. Warriors participating in the program have reported that using positive emotions to praise their dogs has the added benefit of significantly improved family dynamics. There is currently a critical shortage of highly skilled service dogs for Veterans with disabilities.


WCC's therapeutic service dog training program is based on the Warrior Ethos of caring for your brothers and sisters in arms, and provides recovering combat Veterans with a sense of purpose and a continuing mission while they are in treatment at Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities. These highly skilled service dogs are then placed as lifelong partners with Veterans with disabilities at no cost.

Long-Term Impact

Canine Connection Therapy helps recovering Warriors reconnect with life, their families, their communities, and each other. WCC also provides a vocational path for Warriors who wish to become service dog trainers. The WCC program produces highly skilled service dogs that provide years of mobility and social support to Veterans with disabilities.


Organization Information

Warrior Canine Connection

Location: Boyds, MD - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @WarriorCanineCn
Project Leader:
Jennifer Wilder
Boyds, MD United States
$8,215 raised of $50,000 goal
172 donations
$41,785 to go
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